THE city Sushi Train craze has made its way to Tamworth with Port Macquarie businessman Bryce Purnell opening the city’s first Yuu Sushi Train restaurant on Thursday.
The 24-year-old owns a similar restaurant on the coast and he believed the district was in need of the popular dining experience.
Customers sit at one of the store’s many tables and the food comes to them aboard a mechanical conveyor belt filled with all types of Japanese cuisine. The coloured plates correspond with how much the food will cost, anywhere from $2.95 to about $9.
Mr Purnell said what separated Yuu Sushi Train from other stores offering the same service was its handmade sauces and food.
“Trained chefs make all of our food,” he said.
“There’s heaps of chicken dishes and it’s more than raw fish with grilled salmon and scallops, too.”
He’s expecting the Tamworth store, open seven days a week, to be busier than the Port Macquarie restaurant he opened 18 months ago.
Set in the old Brumby’s bakery shop space next to the former Crazy Clark’s store, Mr Purnell said it’s a great lunchtime stop during the week or a different dining experience at the weekend.
Mr Purnell has brought his chefs from Port Macquarie but hired kitchen hands and front-of- house staff from around the city.
He has worked in the hospitality industry his whole life, after starting out in his parents’ cafe and kiosk on a Port Macquarie beach.
His little brother has also helped out during the store’s construction. Mr Purnell will live in Tamworth for the next few months to oversee the store’s running before returning to his hometown.
It’s the latest store to open in the Peel St CBD, following the opening of women’s clothing store Blue Illusion and coming just weeks before the expected opening of the popular label, Witchery.