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Sushi Umi’s new Tysons restaurant is now open

Sushi Umi is now open at Scotts Run in Tysons (photo by Amy Woolsey)

Sushi Umi has arrived in Tysons.

The Japanese restaurant began accepting pick-up orders at 7615 Colshire Road in the Scotts Run neighborhood on April 19 and quietly opened to dine-in customers on April 22.

Operations manager Jung Song says Sushi Umi hasn’t started advertising the opening, in part because it’s still in the process of hiring employees, but the team is working to set a date for a more formal introduction to the community.

“We want to make sure that we fully have everything we need to do the grand opening,” Song told FFXnow. “So, we don’t have a date yet, but we’re trying to plan everything out.”

This is Sushi Umi’s second location, following its launch at Worldgate Centre in Herndon in December 2020. When looking to expand, the business was drawn to Tysons by the urban center’s reputation as an office hub.

“With all the businesses and different companies located in Tysons, I believe that it was a great opportunity to serve our customers even better,” Song said.

The Tysons location is smaller than its Herndon counterpart, seating 40 to 45 people indoors with the capacity for more diners on a covered outdoor patio.

The menus at both restaurants are similar, featuring a variety of sushi, sashimi and rice bowls, but they offer different specials “to capture a different audience of customers,” Song says. For instance, the Tysons location’s signature dish of unagi kabayaki — a whole broiled eel served with an egg omelette over sushi rice — isn’t available in Herndon.

All of the food is curated by Song’s father-in-law, Sushi Umi’s owner and executive chef. The Song family has over 30 years of culinary experience, operating restaurants in Alexandria in the 1990s and in Manassas in the early 2000s before they started Sushi Umi.

“Our goal is to provide the freshest fish and ingredients to satisfy our customers’ needs,” Song said.

Though still in its soft opening phase, the Tysons location has gotten a warm response from early customers, according to Song.

He noted that dining options within walking distance remain limited for residents of Scotts Run, which is home to the Kingston and Haden apartments as well as the 410-unit Heming that finished construction last fall. Another Japanese restaurant, Modan, is expected to open in the new high-rise this year.

“I think a lot of our customers are glad that we’re open,” Song said. “It took us a long time, some difficulties with construction and permits and so on, but…the vibe is that they’re just glad to have somewhere [that they can go].”

Sushi Umi is open for lunch in Tysons from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. Dinner hours are 4:30-9:30 p.m. on weekdays, 3-9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3-9 p.m. on Sunday.

Hat tip to Rich Arnold