August 12, 2022

Japanese restaurant Yuraku is now open in a somewhat dark space in Rosslyn | ARLnow

(Updated at 4 p.m.) A new sushi restaurant has opened in Rosslyn in a long-vacant, off-the-beaten-path space.

Japanese restaurant Yuraku opened about two weeks ago for lunch and dinner, manager Mike Kim tells ARLnow at 1850 Fort Myer Drive. This is the long-vacant ground floor commercial space inside the Turnberry Tower condominium building, a few blocks from the Rosslyn subway station.

This is the restaurant’s second location, along with the original in Germantown, Maryland. The menu at the Arlington spot focuses on Japanese staples like sushi, katsu, tempura, sashimi and donburi.

Yuraku The property eyed Rosslyn for expansion due to the vibrant community filled with residents and office workers that lacked good neighborhood sushi options, Kim says.

Business has been good so far, but there’s still a sense that the neighborhood doesn’t really know Yuraku is there yet, he notes. The space is set back from the main street with the patio and front door somewhat obscured by shrubs and trees.

The good thing about the space, Kim says, is that it provides privacy for those who eat on the large outdoor patio.

More than a year ago, ARLnow first reported that the Maryland sushi restaurant was crossing the river to Rosslyn. This somewhat hard-to-see space on Fort Myer Drive has seen good past sales. It was once home to Secret Chopsticks and Pancho Villa Mexican Cuisine, but both closed less than 18 months after opening.

The space sat vacant for nearly four and a half years until Yurkau opened earlier this month.

While there are no immediate plans to expand beyond Rosslyn, Kim says it’s “possible” they’re considering bringing their Japanese restaurant to other Arlington locations in the future. ‘coming.