A sushi bar fit for adults

Owner Mike Anderson, left, and business partner, Bill Blackburn, right, stand in front of their future sushi bar Thursday in Del Ray. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The menu is sushi. The restriction is kids.

No crying.

A restaurant soon to open in the Del Ray neighborhood is dividing sushi lovers, as first reported by Del Ray Patch.

The rather unusual requirement at the sushi bar, which goes by a Japanese character, is adults only: 18 and older.

Owner Mike Anderson recognizes a lot of young families live in this community. His decision was not to be contrarian, but to provide an option he believes people want.

“A lot of these young couples were looking for some place to be able to go out and not have to interact with young children,” says Anderson, who also owns Pork Barrel in Del Ray, Holy Cow in Del Ray and Mango Mike’s in Alexandria and Bethany Beach. “Not only theirs, but more importantly somebody else’s.”

Creating a childless sushi spot was never his intent. But he says restaurateurs look at a need and try to fill it.

The quaint space, still under construction, intentionally lends itself to adult conversation.

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Construction continues Thursday inside a new restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. When the dust clears, the sake will flow inside the sushi bar for guests ages 18 and older. The sushi bar is going for a lounge feel rather than a full service restaurant. Couches and large chairs will fill the space. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

“It’s meant to be a spot for husband and wife to come and kind of reconnect in kind of a sexy setting,” Anderson says.

The sushi bar will be more of a lounge than a full service restaurant. Couches, coffee tables and large chairs fill the space.

As for kids, Anderson jumps at the chance to affirm his love for them.

“I’ve got three great daughters myself, and only two of them are allowed to dine here,” he says.

The sushi bar is scheduled to open by the middle of May.

Adults will find it at 2312 Mount Vernon Ave.

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