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SugarFISH Headed for 7th Street's Restaurant Row

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 05:06PM
600 W. 7th Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A car drives by retail space at 600 W. 7th that will soon house SugarFISH.

7th street looks to be moving one step closer to earning its "Restaurant Row" moniker.

According to public records, Kazunori Nozawa's SugarFISH is targeting Downtown for its third location, planning to open in the former Robinson Co. department store at 600 W. 7th.

The restaurant is a casual spinoff of Sushi Nozawa, the chef's Studio City establishment. The first SugarFISH was opened in Marina Del Rey in 2008, with a Brentwood offering opened later.

As with all Nozawa's establishments, the emphasis is on "Trust Me" options, where the chef selects the sushi offerings. A license for beer and wine sales is listed as pending by the state.

A conditional use permit application filed with the city shows 55 seats for the Downtown restaurant, which will be across Grand Avenue from 7th's dining hotspot, Bottega Louie.

7th street between the Financial District and the Historic Core has long been envisioned as a restaurant row, but only recently has that plan started to become a reality. Along with Bottega Louie, the street has in recent years seen the openings of Soi 7, Octopus and Wokano. Dublin's Irish Pub is set to replace space recently vacated by Ciao.

The J.W. Robinson company opened the building on September 7, 1915, relocating from Broadway. The store operated into the early 1990s.

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