A switcheroo on Fremont East will replace a rock music-inspired izakaya with a more “refined menu” created by its own parent company.
Shinya Maru Ramen & Izakaya shuttered earlier this month after six months located behind Eureka! on the ground floor of the Emergency Arts building. Sporting pun-filled menu listings and a mural of Jimi Hendrix, its California operators Octopus Restaurant Group announced it would be upgraded and return to action in March.
Now confirmed to be taking over the space, sibling restaurant H2O Sushi & Izakaya has closed its large outpost at the Hughes Center and will be moving its operations and menu into the Shinya Maru property.
Paperwork was recently filed to add new sinks and a “sushi case” to the Fremont East location, and H2O is promising an improved collection of dishes, headlined by the “finest Japanese cuisine of sushi and ramen.”
H2O Sushi still runs two West Coast expansions in Costa Mesa and Northridge, California, while an abbreviated version of the Shinya Maru menu is served at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and Paradise Road.
Previously available at the Hughes Center, all-you can-eat lunch and dinner specials, a wide collection of specialty rolls, plus smaller dishes including cheese pork cutlet, udon, salmon collar, and takoyaki.
The new downtown site will debut a tenth of a mile from Bocho Sushi on Sixth Street.