Community Eats: Kalamazoo’s Maru Sushi & Grill serves up authentic common Japanese delicacies

KALAMAZOO, MI – For far more than 3 several years, Maru Sushi & Grill has been serving up higher excellent genuine Japanese cuisine in downtown Kalamazoo.

The cafe is found in the 1920s-era educate depot at 427 E. Michigan Ave. Maru was 1 of a couple firms new to the location that included to the leisure district when the historic Depot Setting up was redeveloped.

Robert Music, the founder and operator of Maru Sushi & Grill, mentioned the internet site had been an eyesore but the developers had a vision for bringing it back again to existence. He claimed he thinks the cafe, which opened in March 2017, contributed to bringing new vitality and financial exercise downtown.

“We’re a corporation that allows to convey positive change to a market place,’’ said Song, who claimed they have five other places in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Detroit, Okemos and Midland. “We want to give the industry what it’s been missing.’’

Tune doesn’t sugarcoat the economical influence the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has experienced on the Kalamazoo eatery and the other five areas. He credits Maru’s survival to a range of really committed and difficult-working employees, a loyal buyer base, and the means to persistently deliver superb food items and an all round excellent shopper practical experience.

The atmosphere is described as “very inviting and snug.’’ He and his spouse made the downtown location comprehension that a restaurant’s atmosphere can enrich the full working experience of a food, Song stated.

But Michigan’s 3-week indoor eating ban for dining places and bars took influence Nov. 18, so the restaurant is presently only presenting takeout and supply providers. The Michigan Office of Well being and Human Providers put the eating and other limitations in position to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Song mentioned he was not astonished by the move and anticipates it could be extended beyond the Dec. 8 deadline.

“I knew one thing was coming with the spike in numbers (coronavirus situations),’’ explained Track, who pointed out he hopes he doesn’t have to lay off or furlough staff. “We just take protection critically. We are joyful to however be be serving our prospects seven days a 7 days.’’

Song stated the complete menu is even now offered these as purchaser favorites like the firecracker shrimp and crouching tiger, a single of their signature sushi rolls. See the menu that consists of nigiri and sashimi, spicy edamame and gyoza in this article.

Maru Sushi & Grill’s several hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Get on the internet or connect with 269-488-4888.

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