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2021 Restaurant Partner: Sushi J

February 27, 2021

Over the years, SAAFF has partnered with many restaurants to bring our festival goers just a small taste of everything Seattle has to offer. This year, we are happy to announce that our restaurant partnerships have returned – with a twist! With our festival being all online, we wanted to spread our partnerships to the greater Seattle area! Get ready to hear the stories and voices of this year’s restaurant partners and get ready to find out how you can enjoy the taste of some of Seattle’s best restaurants while you watch our largest festival yet in the comfort of your own home!

Third up, learn more about Jae, owner and operator of the recently opened Sushi J! Sushi J, located in Bellevue, was named one of Yelp’s Top 100 places to eat and has been celebrated by the likes of Strictly Dumpling’s Mike Chen. We asked Jae a little bit about his business and this is what he had to say!

When and what inspired you to start your business?
 Sushi J opened on March 4, 2020. Jae, the owner of Sushi J, majored in Japanese Culinary and enjoyed cooking since high school. He wasn’t into studying so he spent most of his time in the kitchen. 

How has COVID-19 affected your business? 
Sushi J opened during COVID-19, so business was extremely slow for the first 4 months. He barely made any sales in the beginning and had to borrow money to buy ingredients. However with the help of some social media influencers and Yelp, he was able to get more exposure. He recently got featured on the famous YouTube Vlogger MikeyChen video who has over a million subscribers. A lot of people consider his restaurant a Hidden Gem. 

What would you like our SAAFF audience to know about your business? 
We strive to offer the best quality sushi at the most affordable price. Our menu is simple but sometimes the simplest food is the most delicious food. 


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