Sushi in store for Bell St
IPSWICH will soon be home to a new eatery - one that its owner hopes will land sushi fans hook, line and sinker.
Owner David Kim is establishing the city's first sushi train and Japanese restaurant in Bell St.
The venue will be called Shiro - which means 'castle' in Japanese - and will be opposite the Ipswich Railway Station.
Mr Kim said he had high hopes for his new restaurant which is expected to open by mid-December.
He said he had chosen the location to capitalise on the development of the Icon Ipswich building located less than 200m away.
When the Icon Building opens in October, it is expected to be occupied by 1200 public servants.
"I am hoping those workers and other Ipswich residents will visit the restaurant for lunch and dinner," he said.
"I'm from Sydney and down there the western region of Parramatta has developed into a large city.
"I see the same growth happening here in Ipswich, which is why I am eager to set up business here."
In addition to the sushi restaurant, Mr Kim owns several convenience stores in the heart of Ipswich, the newest being the Spar store in Bell St.
The Forest Lake business owner said his new restaurant would offer residents high quality Japanese cuisine at affordable prices.
"It's going to be not cheap but certainly not expensive," he said.
"Food quality is important to me, so I've got two highly-trained chefs in the kitchen and a top quality supplier of fresh fish."
Mr Kim said he hoped Ipswich would embrace Shiro, but said he would not know how popular the restaurant would be until it opened.