After 17 years as one of Dallas’ hidden gem sushi spots, Yutaka Sushi Bistro has closed its doors. Chef-owner Yutaka Yamato is returning to Japan to pursue coffee cultivation, making way for Maji Sushi, set to open on September 1, 2023, according to a Dallas Morning News article which says,
“Yutaka Sushi Bistro was one of Dallas’ most under-the-radar sushi restaurants, and one of its best. It closed recently after being open for 17 years just off of McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas.
CultureMap reports that chef-owner Yutaka Yamato is moving home to Japan to grow coffee.
A sign on the door is already announcing the next tenant: Maji Sushi, which opens Sept. 1, 2023.”
Maji Sushi has opened at 2633 McKinney Ave., taking the place of the former Yutaka Sushi Bistro. Owned by Christina Park, who also operates Sushi Go in Arlington, this expansion into Dallas was an unexpected opportunity, according to a CultureMap Dallas article. They say,
“Called Maji Sushi, it’s now open at 2633 McKinney Ave., former home to Yutaka Sushi Bistro, the highly rated sushi spot that shuttered in August after 17 years.
Maji is from Christina Park, who has experience in the sushi realm: She also owns Sushi Go, a casual spot in Arlington, which has been open since 2018.
“We weren’t looking to expand and we weren’t necessarily looking to be in Dallas, but this came up as an opportunity,” she says. “It was one of those things that we heard about and just went in.””
Christina Park is giving the dining room at Maji Sushi a more welcoming, casual atmosphere. Filling the gap left by Yamato’s renowned sushi is a hands-on endeavor for Park.