Sushi Qu opened Tuesday in its new location inside the same East Lake Village shopping center in suite 952. — Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—Sushi Qu, a popular sushi restaurant in East Lake Village Shopping Center, opened Tuesday in its new space just a few doors away from where they had operated for almost five years.

Owner Jannie Park said she was excited about the new location that will offer indoor and outdoor seating, along with seating at the sushi bar. Park said they still feature the same menu with a wide selection of sushi rolls, Udon, teriyaki, specials, the chef’s choice, sashimi, combo plates, nigiri, hot and cold saki, beer and wine and other beverages.

“We are now open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday,” Park said. “We really like the new lighting and the design of the place.”

Clark Codiga, managing partner at Oaktree Property Company, said Sushi Qu moved from a 750-square-foot space into 1,000-square-foot spot.

“We’re happy for them; they’re such nice folks and their food is awesome,” Codiga said. 

Meanwhile, a few doors away, construction has begun for the new Staff of Life Natural Food Market at the former site of the long-standing Super Max. 

Lengths of cyclone fencing are now stationed around the parking lot in front of the building to make way for the work. Richard Josephson, who co-owns Staff of Life with Gary Bascou, said he recently got permits signed to start concrete cutting work inside the building.

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Construction has begun on a new Staff of Life Food Market in East Lake Village. — Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian 

“That was a huge step for us,” he said. “Everything takes time. If everything moves ahead according to plan, we could look for an opening around April, 2020.” 

Staff of Life got started in 1969 in Santa Cruz.

Since Sushi Qu moved, Codiga said, that allowed the Fruition Brewing business next door to further expand its existing outdoor seating patio.

“Things are changing and it’s exciting to see the center moving ahead,” Codiga said.

On Oct. 27 the center will host the Halloween Car Show, featuring a range of early day classic cars and trucks, muscle cars, coupes and roadsters. The event will serve as a benefit for the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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