(COLLINGSWOOD, NJ) It’s no secret that the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has wreacked havoc on the restaurant industry, especially on old-school places that have changed little over the years, shunning takeout, delivery services, and apps along the way. Opened in 1974 by Shigeru Fukuyoshi, long-standing Sagami Japanese Restaurant is one of those places, according to the owner’s daughter, Mimi Fukuyoshi.
“Being a bit of a traditionalist, he has never done delivery, believing that sushi is meant to be eaten right then and there,” she shared. “Sagami has operated for 46 years in the same location without a liquor license, survived the recession in 2008, been nominated for a James Beard Award in the Outstanding Restaurant category in 2016 and 2018 and this virus might be what puts them out of business. Although they could have made the decision to not re-open, I’m proud of them for giving it one last try.”
Fukuyoshi said, after posting her dad’s plight, that she was thankful to see so many people who wanted to support Sagami. She urged them to pass along her dad’s story and stellar sushi menu to others in the area.
“If you know people in Philadelphia or the surrounding suburbs, please spread the word!”
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