The tech-based restaurant sensation Kura Sushi just opened its very first Tampa location at 214 Westshore Plaza. This announcement follows its debut in Central Florida. “The tech-based eatery signed for 2,734 square feet for 10 years,” said Ripco Real Estate, which represented the tenant.
Kura employs a two-layer conveyer system comprised of a revolving sushi belt that circulates throughout the restaurant, and a “sushi highway” that sends dishes straight from the kitchen to the tables. Drinks are delivered tableside by “Kur-B” the Kurabot, a delivery robot that is programmed by human servers to deliver drinks to seated guests. For every 5 plates inserted into the tableside slots, a fun Japanese animation appears on the tableside tablet. For every 15 plates inserted, guests receive a prize from the Bikkura Pon Prize System located at each table.
Since the first restaurant opening in 1977, Kura Sushi, Inc. has grown substantially with more than 500 locations across Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.
“We were excited to work with Kura Sushi to find an ideal space to expand its brand,” said Alison Horbach, vice president at RIPCO Real Estate, who represented the restaurant. “The company has been working to continue to grow its presence both in Florida and nationally.” If this Kura proves successful, the restaurant could work to expand its presence in the Tampa area market. A wider Florida expansion is also in the works.
This debut is a major win for Westshore Plaza. It’s already home to AMC Theaters and a litany of staple retail shops seen at malls across America. Additionally, Westshore Plaza has local favorites such as Blind Tiger Cafe. Follow Kura on its website and Facebook for updates.
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