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Under *new* new ownership, Broadway’s Aoki back to providing sushi rolls to Capitol Hill

(Image: Aoki Sushi and Grill)

This is a tough time for any Capitol Hill restaurant but try being a first-time owner. Fortunately for Joo Youn You, she has about three decades of goodwill to work with. Aoki Sushi and Grill, the latest incarnation of the sushi joint providing rolls to North Broadway since 1986, has put the old counter back into motion and is open for takeout and delivery.

You is looking forward to the end of COVID-19 restrictions, however.

She says the current menu at Aoki doesn’t feature the full selection and specials that are part of the longterm plan for the restaurant.

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In March just before the outbreak and social restrictions hit, CHS reported on the sudden closure of Aoki amid a swirl of unpaid rent under a short-term owner who bought the much-loved restaurant in 2019 from retiring neighborhood sushi chef Hitoshi Nishitani.

Aoki’s lineage goes back to 1980s Capitol Hill when founders Tak and Ruth Aoki debuted their “Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar.”

You said her investment in the restaurant came down to a simple factor: “good location.” After this current “big challenge,” she’s hopeful the decision will pay off.

Aoki Sushi and Grill is located at 621 Broadway E for delivery and takeout. Call (206) 557-4595 or check out for more information.

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1 year ago

I’ve been eating their Teriyaki Bento once a week, because it’s a really good deal. They’ve added 3 gyoza to the selection of food they used to have for the same bento, plus the salad has more veggies in it. The take-out arrangment is laid out attractively as well!

I get the Salmon Teriyaki Bento plus an extra serving of salmon on the side, and then split up the rest of the bento, so I have enough for two and a half meals, one of which I just ate right now!

The Ebi Sunomono is bigger now and makes a decent small meal: cucumbers, 3 large shrimp, rice wine vinegar and some grated white radish. Yum!

1 year ago

Thanks for the menu recommendation. I’m gonna order in soon!