DELTA TWP. – A 6,000-square-foot building in a plaza off Saginaw Highway, vacant for more than three years, is being renovated and will reopen as a sushi restaurant.
Ohana Sushi will occupy the property at 707 Brookside Dr., previously an Outback Steakhouse restaurant that closed in 2017 and relocated to a newly constructed building less than a mile away.
Ohana’s ownership submitted a building permit for work at the property to Delta Township in June, said Matt Leach, the township’s building department director.
Shubin Wang, president of Ohana Sushi Group, said when the new restaurant opens it will offer an all-you-can-eat 25-foot-long sushi bar with at least five front-of-the-house chefs serving customers.
“We will make all kinds, lots of variety,” she said.
Ohana Sushi will also serve beer and cocktails, Wang said.
The 4,000-square-foot dining room will seat over 200 people, she said, and there may be additional outdoor seating.
Owners expect to hire about 30 full- and part-time employees.
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Wang, who lives in Portland, said work on the building began this summer. Renovations are being made to both the interior and exterior, she said.
The restaurant’s owners also operate New China Buffet in Portland and The Tangy Crab, a Cajun-inspired eatery with a focus on seafood and traditional Southern dishes located less than a mile away from the plaza on Brookside Drive.
New China Buffet has been in business for two decades, Wang said. The Tangy Crab opened in November.
They are hoping to open Ohana Sushi this fall.
“We hope September or October,” Wang said.
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