A grab-and-go sushi joint is rolling into Capitol Hill.
Sushi Cup, a fusion of sushi and Hawaiian food, is moving into 208 E. Seventh Ave. next to Max’s Wine Dive. The restaurant is filling the space Flow Juice Bar left last year.
“It was the perfect size that I was looking for,” said Andrew Castillo, the restaurant’s head chef. “It’s in the middle of a few places … the spot there has a lot of traffic.”
Castillo, who previously operated a franchised sushi restaurant in Denver, is planning for a March or April opening. He plans to spend about $30,000 to remodel the space, and another $30,000 on equipment like freezers, refrigerators and prep tables.
Sushi Cup has a variety of classic sushi rolls on its menu, as well as sushi bowls and salads. Visitors can choose between a variety of protein options, including spam, tofu, ahi tuna or salmon.
Castillo is selling his build-your-own sushi bowls for $9 and his signature bowls for $10.
Castillo said he searched for six months before finding the 450-square-foot location on Seventh Street. He has two employees — a chef and a sous chef — but looks to hire more.
Because the restaurant only has seating for five people inside, Castillo imagines the joint will be a grab-and-go lunch or late-night snack spot.
“As long as I have the ingredients on hand I can make you anything you’re looking for, even if it’s not on a menu,” he said.
Castillo hopes to expand more in Denver in the next six to eight months, with sights set on a location on or near the 16th Street Mall.