Yo – Yo! Sushi Fans, One is Opening in “Downtown DC by end of this year!”


Yesterday many folks were dismayed to learn that Yo! Sushi had permanently closed in Union Station. Many took to twitter asking @YOSushi why? @johnsolit shares with us an interesting response:

“Yes Union Station has closed due to changes with our strategic partner. Opening in downtown DC by end of this year!”

Previously we learned another Yo! Sushi was planned for 675 H Street, NW in Chinatown but that deal fell through in Aug. 2013 and that space is now slated to become a Sports Zone Elite. I’ve inquired where in Downtown DC they are planning to open and will update as more info becomes available.

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  • I think a downtown location makes a lot more sense. Conveyor belt sushi downtown could be glamorous and cool. Conveyor belt sushi in a touristy mall was just depressing and gross.

    • Hopefully they improve the quality of the food. The portions and quality were borderline scammy for a place that had so much decor. They took advantage of an overly complex menu system to make lots of money. I prefer pricing to be more simple whrn I go to a restaurant. Their conveyor belt gimmick wasnt enough to make me want to return, the food quality has to be high as well.

      • eh that’s their whole thing, they have that so people won’t pay as much attention to the shitty food. It’s the TGIF of sushi.

  • As I mentioned in the thread yesterday, Yo Sushis outside of the UK are franchised operations. I would read “changes with our strategic partner” as “we got a new franchisee.”

  • Wasabi, another conveyor belt sushi place with a location at Farragut West, also has a location encircling main escalators on the first floor of Tysons Corner mall. A bit more touristy than the Union Station location…

  • Conveyor belts are how mass market sushi restaurants operate in Asia. Nothing novel. DC is just a little behind, which is nothing new either.

    • And another cheery remark. Not jaded or blasé at all!

      • Why does it need to be anything other but than the truth? As a California ex-pat, I can attest to the fact that even there (versus Asia), sushi was often a strip-mall conveyer-belt affair. In this case, having never eaten at Yo!, my only remark is that sushi needs to be more about the quality (or quality vs. value) and less about the means of transportation.

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