When Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse in Roanoke was remodeled in 2008, one addition was a sushi bar. Those who frequent the restaurant may have noticed that the sushi bar was closed about nine months ago.
According to Jerry Smith, a spokesman for the restaurant, that closure was because the owner’s brother — who was the sushi chef there — returned to Japan. It took them a while to find a new sushi chef, so they decided to move one of the sushi chefs from the Christiansburg Kabuki location to Roanoke.
That means the sushi bar in Roanoke will be having a grand reopening on Friday, with a new menu under the supervision of chef Jeremiah Schoch. Guests will be able to sit at the sushi bar or near the Japanese garden and koi pond.
The sushi bar menu will include specials such as the Golden Dragon (crab, asparagus and cream cheese wrapped in salmon, fried and drizzled with eel sauce), the Firecracker (spicy tuna, tenkasu and eel sauce) and the Garlic Scallop (sea scallop over tempura asparagus with scallion and garlic butter sauce).
Kabuki originally opened in Roanoke in 1982. The Christiansburg location opened in 1998. In addition to sushi, both locations still serve a full hibachi menu.