Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Friday, April 3, 2015

New Asian Fusion Restaurant to Open in Lakewood

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Build-out has already begun on a 3,000-square-foot restaurant space on Detroit Avenue, adjacent to Dan Deagan’s Humble Wine Bar. When it opens in early June, Voodoo Tuna Sushi Bar & Lounge will bring Asian Fusion to Lakewood.

“The interior will be very modern, somewhat Asian-inspired, with bold colors,” says partner Mike Longo, who has no relation to the operator of Harvest Kitchen in Solon.

The contemporary dining room will accommodate approximately 100 guests at tables, a sushi bar and a large wet bar. A front patio will provide seating for more diners.

Partner Joe Koskovics, who has spent the last six years preparing sushi at restaurants like Ballantine and Lure Bistro in Willoughby, will be running the food side of the operation. He’ll be joined by executive chef Andrew Jackson and GM Dave Socha, also both from Ballantine.

“We’re going to take classic Asian dishes and put an Americanized spin on them,” Koskovics explains. “We’ll take sushi dishes and blend them with elements from the kitchen.”

click to enlarge A 3D RENDERING OF DINING ROOM
  • A 3D Rendering of Dining Room
Examples include the Sea Swine Roll, which will be filled with bacon, scallops, tempura-fried shrimp and veggies. Another roll will feature filet and lobster meat. Fans of traditional sushi like spicy tuna rolls and yellow tail will be able to order those as well.

The other main menu categories include noodle bowls, steamed buns and entrees. As with the sushi, the items will be a blend of modern and traditional. Ramen, soba and udon noodle bowls will join barbecue eel and Asian slaw-filled steamed buns. Entrees like grilled steak will be topped with tempura-fried asparagus and served with an Asian-inspired sauce.

Beer, wine and sake-based cocktails like the Tokyo Mule, a blend of sake, ginger beer and lime, will originate from the large bar. On weekends, management will clear out some of the tables from the dining room to transform the space into a lounge. A limited food menu will be served late.

The team is hoping to open soon after Memorial Day.

“We're really excited to go to Lakewood,” says Longo. “All of our neighbors have been really supportive.” 

Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar