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As the coronavirus continues to spread locally and beyond, more Tampa Bay restaurants are switching up their business models for the time being.
The latest is Zukku Sushi, the Tampa sushi restaurant with a second location in Charlotte, N.C. Zukku Sushi announced in a news release on March 23 that it has rolled out a new to-go and delivery concept out of restaurateur Michael Stewart’s modern American SoHo spot 717 South.
It’s called Zukku-Tori.
“We are launching this in an effort to keep as many of our team members employed as possible … the goal is not to be profitable, but at least helps us mitigate the bleeding as we are still paying our team members,” said Zukku Sushi partner Ferdian Jap in the release.
Zukku-Tori gets its name from the Japanese word toridasu, which translates to takeout. The concept offers a variety of sushi appetizers, as well as classic and specialty rolls that Zukku Sushi fans should recognize.
The original Zukku Sushi location, part of the Heights Public Market at Tampa’s Armature Works, temporarily shuttered alongside Armature Works on March 16. In an announcement, Armature Works said it was closing until further notice to “take a proactive role in the ongoing efforts to slow and/or contain the transmission” of the coronavirus.
To pick up a Zukku-Tori meal at 717 South, which plans to keep filling its own to-go and delivery requests, order online in advance through zukkusushi.com. Uber Eats delivery for Zukku-Tori will go live soon.
“I am glad to be able to help our friends during this time of need… all of us have to help each other out and we will get through this as a community,” Stewart said in the release.
For a list of other restaurants in Tampa Bay offering takeout and pick-up, click here.
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