Fans of the popular Sakura Japanese Restaurant finally have an opening date.
Sakura, closed since the October 2015 flooding, will open in a new location at 4430 Rosewood Drive.
The opening date, according to a sign on the door, is next week – Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Sakura, one of Columbia’s first sushi restaurants when it opened in 1984, was devastated by floods that swept through its Forest Lake Shopping Center location in Forest Acres.
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Owner Norio Saito has remodeled the new Rosewood space, which was home for more than a decade to Fujiya Japanese Restaurant. Fujiya closed earlier this year. There’s an extended sushi bar now and new flooring.
Sakura’s loyal fans were hopeful the place would come back, and a Go Fund Me page that was started after the flooding raised thousands toward that goal.