When Robert M. Song first opened Maru Sushi & Grill
in 2009, he did so with the intention of eventually opening a second location in the Lansing area. He’s now doing that and more as Song has announced his second local spot is in the works just as the new Grand Rapids location is set to open.
“My restaurant here is small, and I like small restaurants,” says Song. “I’ve had my eyes on that location for a number of years. Eastwood has grown and is still growing as we speak. It’s an even bigger market now than it has ever been.”
The third Maru Sushi location is now under development on Lake Lansing Road in the former Ali Baba Mediterranean Cuisine location near Coolidge Road. The 2,800 square foot location will undergo a total redesign and will seat about 90 diners.
“We have the initial drawings now,” says Song. “It will look clean, contemporary, progressive and will have the Japanese food that area lacks. I’m excited to be a part of East Lansing.”
Song hopes the new Maru Sushi & Grill
will be open early in 2013. He expects the restaurant to employ up to 35 full- and part-time workers.
“Customers who live farther away in the northwest part of Lansing will be happy to hear the news that they won’t have to drive as far to get to Maru,” Song says.