August 4, 2006
Sushi Rolls Across the Causeway

Come September, Sacramento residents will have to do what Davis residents did for years when it came to eating the sushi and other fine Japanese food turned out by Masa Nishiyama - cross the causeway.

At the end of August, Nishiyama is to close his Sacramento restaurant, Zen Toro Japanese Bistro & Sushi Bar at 15th and I, to concentrate on the Davis branch he opened in January.

"I love Davis so much, and handling two restaurants is pretty tough for me to do; I'm getting older," says Nishiyama, who opened his original Zen Toro in 2001. It's become recognized not only for its sushi, but for the Japanese and Hawaiian breakfasts he serves Saturday mornings.

Nishiyama says he was surprised by the enthusiastic reception Zen Toro has received in Davis, indicating that the restaurant's brisk business, which hasn't dropped off much even during the summer break in university classes, helped him decide to close the Sacramento site.

He also no longer will man a sushi stand at Arco Arena when the Kings resume play this fall.

The Davis branch of Zen Toro is at 132 E St.

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