Sushi Ninja, a New Plymouth-based restaurant, has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe with a mission to raise a minimum of $150,000 (max $250,000) for the fit-out of its new kaiten sushi conveyor-belt style diner at Centre City shopping center.
Wife/husband co-owners of Sushi Ninja, Sophie and Ken Kurota, have notably been making authentic Japanese sushi on the plains of Mt Taranaki since setting up shop in 2003. While sharing details about the restaurant’s history, Sophie stated:
“Everything that we have done since we parked our original food truck on the set of the Last Samurai has been driven by our customers. We’re now delighted to be able to give them a chance to join our journey as investors, and snap up some extra perks, like sushi vouchers and private sushi workshops, too. For a long time, we’ve had people asking us to create a conveyor-belt sushi diner and we’re now very close to making that real.”
The Sushi Ninja Express diner, which is the sister to their existing Sushi Ninja restaurant and sake bar, will be considered the first of its kind in Taranaki and the first in New Zealand to be located in a shopping center. Sophie then added:
“Sushi Ninja Express will be a modern, vibrant and affordable place for young families, teenagers and all sushi-lovers to enjoy an immersive dining experience. A conveyor belt surrounding the open plan central kitchen carries the plated sushi around the restaurant and customers grab whichever plates catch their eye. It’s great fun, especially for groups.”
The PledgeMe campaign has so far raised $13,000. It is set to close on January 16th.
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