Sushi Republic – A New Day Dawning
Sushi Republic is not a new player in the GSO restaurant scene but it does have a fresh perspective. In August, Chan Kang along with his brother and father, purchased Sushi Republic from Ms. Lim. She founded the restaurant over 10 years ago and had another business as well. The burden of running two successful companies became too much for her. Kang’s mother is close friends with Ms. Lim’s sister and when they heard she would be interested in selling the restaurant, they jumped at the chance.
This is the first time owning a restaurant for Kang, however, he has the benefit of a father with over 25 years experience. In a recent interview, Kang said, “This is a whole family thing. My father takes care of the kitchen side. I take care of the front of the house and customer service plus the paperwork. My brother is the middle man. If a server is out sick or we’re short-handed in the kitchen, he jumps in where we need him. I couldn’t do this without their help.”
“My background is I spent five years in customer service at restaurants. The previous 5 years I was baking with my brother in the same shop. I learned a lot from these experiences that have directly applied to running this restaurant.”
When asked if they planned to make a lot of changes, Kang answered “Yes and no. We kept most of the staff who had been working here. We do plan to make changes to the menu. For example, we have a new $9.99 Lunch Special which features a miso soup, ginger salad, your choice from several sushi rolls and 5 pieces of assorted sushi. This has proven very popular. My father is planning on bringing new dishes to the menu which have tested well over the years. He’s been around the country starting up other sushi bars and helping owners out, even as far away as Alaska.”
Other improvements on the horizon include adding a second roofed area to the popular outdoor patio. Kang would like to find a way to enclose and heat the space so it can be used during the winter months.
The family moved here from Atlanta where they’ve lived for the last 22 years. He doesn’t miss Atlanta traffic but is sad he’s so far away from his Falcons. “There are some specialized businesses there that we don’t have in the Triad but there is always Amazon Prime!” he said with a grin. “In reality, as I’ve grown older I’ve come to appreciate that a close family is a blessing in itself. That’s all we really need.”
Sushi Republic, 329 Tate Street, GSO and online at www.SushiRepublicGSO.com