Sushi Master moved into Wild Ginger’s former Norton Commons space. | Courtesy of Facebook

A year after opening a Wild Ginger location in Norton Commons, owner Jenny Wang realized that running two sushi restaurants was more than she wanted to handle alone, so she found three brothers willing to take over the space.

Wild Ginger in Norton Commons closed this week, and quickly after, Sushi Master opened in the storefront at 9415 Norton Commons Blvd. The new sushi restaurant had its first day of business Wednesday.

“The two locations, we are so busy and only myself to hold down both,” Wang said. Closing the Norton Commons location will allow her to focus on her original store at 1700 Bardstown Road, she said, and work on a new menu and finally debut a sushi brunch — something she’s been thinking about for a while.

Finding everyday workers, let alone an experienced sushi chef, is difficult in Louisville. To be deemed a sushi chef, someone must have at least six years of experience. All three brothers are “excellent” sushi chefs with a decade of experience or more, Wang added.

Sushi Master is owned by Gyeong Pil Yu, Yohan Kang and Yosep Kang.

“So far, so good; it’s busy,” Yu told Insider Louisville, noting that owning a restaurant was a dream one of his brothers had a few years ago while they were working in other restaurants in the city. “Right now is the perfect time for us to work together. … We really help each other and really enjoy.”

The restaurant seats about 50 inside, as well as some patio seating.

“It’s beautiful,” Yu said.

The restaurant’s menu is traditional Japanese food as well as some Korean dishes, he said. It includes 18 signature sushi rolls, as well as sashimi, classic sushi rolls, hand rolls. Those not wanting sushi can choose from noodle dishes such as udon and cold soba and entrees such as teriyaki chicken, bulgogi and grilled fish.

Unlike Wild Ginger in Norton Commons, Sushi Master will open for both lunch and dinner most days. Prices range from $7 to $16 for lunch entrees and from $13 to $19 for dinner entrees. Signature sushi rolls are $11 to $15 each.

Its hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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