Welcome to Redwood City Patch’s newest column, Sprouts and Shutters, bringing you the latest in business news for Redwood City, every Monday.
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This week, we bring you news on two new sprouts!
SPROUT: Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi, 2198 Broadway St.
Take the menu from your favorite sushi restaurant, and combine it with the delicious dinner menu and tableside chef entertainment of a restaurant like Benihana, and you’ll only come close to what one of Redwood City’s newest sprouts, Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi, has to offer.
Check out a of the grand opening.
Sakura, which opened June 9, has something for everyone. Rose Tran, one of the owners, says everyone from the corporate crowd, to families with children, all the way up to local senior citizens’ groups, have been coming in and enjoying what Sakura has to offer over the past seven weeks.
“Business has been really good,” Tran says. “Especially with the music events going on in town over the summer, plus just great word of mouth, people are really getting to know us and our .”
Sakura features a sushi bar with 10 seats, plus comfortable dining tables and booths. The menu features pages of handcrafted sushi rolls to choose from, plus a variety of entrees like hibachi steak and lobster tails that chefs will come right to the table to cook. Plus, the restaurant just recently earned its license to serve beer and wine.
Tran says the restaurant is well-equipped—and well suited—to entertain large groups as well.
“We host great birthday parties, for all ages,” she says, adding that companies like Kaiser as well as local senior citizens’ groups have also been booking dinner parties there. “It’s really fun when we have groups like that in the restaurant. Everyone has fun, joking around and being very light-hearted with the chef while he cooks at the table.”
Sakura has a special menu they can prepare for groups of 10 or more.
Currently, diners can get 15 percent off their bill by taking advantage of Sakura’s “earlybird special” discount for dinner between 5-6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.sakurateppan.com.
SPROUT: The Sandwich Spot, 2420 Broadway St.
The Sandwich Spot is so much more than just a place for good sandwiches—although it definitely is that. The Sandwich Spot is, at once, a neighborhood gathering spot, a sports bar, a hookah lounge, and a great place for a quick and delicious bite, to name just a few of its finer qualities. As the Spot’s motto says, it’s all about “Good Food, Good Friends and Good Times.”
The Sandwich Spot serves up traditional favorites like chicken salad and turkey, on delicious sweet, sourdough, dutch crunch and wheat rolls.
But, it’s in the specialty sandwiches that the menu really shines.
Try the “Station 9” with hot salami, their signature “bomb sauce” and jack cheese. Or, go a little exotic with “The OMG’s” marinated chicken, teriyaki, pineapple and jack cheese. Meat lovers might prefer “The Manwich,” with its hot pastrami, roast beef, salami and choice of cheese. Vegetarians will surely love “The Farmer’s Market,” piled high with veggies, avocado, cucumber and choice of cheese—or, for something completely in the opposite direction, try “The RWC Baller,” full of juicy meatballs, marinara sauce and provolone cheese. The kids’ menu offers sure-fire favorites like Spongebob cheese sandwiches and peanut butter and jelly, and a combo that comes complete with a juice box is only $3.75.
If you dine inside the Spot, you’ll be greeted with images of Redwood City. Photos on the wall pay tribute to everyone from local police officers, to California Highway Patrol, to the Woodside High Wildcats. The courtyard patio is breezy and open, with a fountain, and the staff will be more than happy to offer up a little hookah while you’re out there, should you wish to partake.
Best of all, the staff, including hands-on owner David Kassouf, are always cheerful and friendly, not just hiding out behind the counter, but wandering around the tables greeting customers, chatting, and making sure their sandwiches were everything they were hoping for.
The Spot, which opened May 2, also just celebrated the arrival of its beer and wine license on July 28 with a customer appreciation celebration, and Kassouf says they soon hope to extend hours to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, after they make a few more staff hires.
For more information, visit www.thesandwichspotrwc.com.