Owners of Seminole Heights’ Ebisu Sushi opening new Japanese concept in downtown Tampa

It’ll be at the new Hyatt House and Hyatt Place across from city hall.

Junmai Station, a new concept spearheaded by the owners of Seminole Heights' Ebisu Sushi Shack, is opening in downtown Tampa.

The restaurant will be off Kennedy Boulevard on the bottom floor retail level of the new Hyatt House-Hyatt Place across from city Hall. Both Junmai and Ebisu are owned by Akemi Simmons and her husband Ron.

In a phone call with Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Ron said Akemi, who is from Kobe, Japan, wanted to open a more traditional Japanese concept less focused on sushi (although Junmai will have some sushi bowl options). The spot will feature onigiri—aka stuffed rice balls—as its signature dish. Onigiri is a staple food in Japan, and Junmai's versions will lean more western-style stuffings like tuna mayo or Spam, and Ron expects the menu to evolve over time (stock photos of the triangular food above).

Ron told CL that he and Akemi hope to be open Junmai by May 1. The restaurant is currently in the build out phase of opening, and if things go well, hiring would begin in April.

Ebisu has been a staple in the Seminole Heights’ food scene since its opening in August of 2016. The Japanese restaurant won a Best of the Bay Critic’s Pick for Best Veggie SushiRoll the year it opened.

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