Maru Sushi & Grill opens in Detroit on Friday

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Maru Sushi & Grill will open in the Federal Building in downtown Detroit on Friday.

Maru Sushi & Grill opens in downtown Detroit Friday.

News of the Michigan-based chain of Japanese restaurants coming to 160 W. Fort broke in June, when details became available via Rossetti architects, the firm that designed the space and is located in the same Bedrock-managed building, along with The Detroit News and Free Press.

Maru Sushi, which has traditional and specialty sushi rolls, sashimi and nigiri, shareable plates and hibachi grill entrees, has locations in Okemos, Grand Rapids, Midland and East Lansing. Maru’s general manger Thomas Rossana said the downtown location will focus on “good food and good hospitality.”

“I think there’s more of a bar presence here, but I don’t want that to take away from our traditional, contemporary Japanese cuisine.”

Maru’s Cosmo roll includes tempura shrimp, avocado, spicy mayo and more. The downtown location opens Friday.

The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and a bit later on the weekends, Rossana said. Service will go until 11 p.m. weekends and 10 p.m. during the week.

While this Maru location will cater to the after work crowd with a hot list of craft cocktails, whiskey, sake and gourmet soft drinks, there’s also an “express lunch” menu offered week days until 2:30 p.m. Get two sushi rolls plus choice of miso soup or side salad for $14. Other lunch menu choices under $15 include choice of two salads and three udon soup items. Grill entrees with special lunch pricing are teriyaki chicken ($18), ribeye with miso butter ($26) and hibachi vegetables ($16).

Maru is licensed to sell wine, sake and beer to-go at 25 percent off the menu price.

The crabby mushrooms appetizer at Maru is panko fried shiitake mushrooms stuffed with crab salad with a honey garlic sauce. The Detroit location opens Friday.

Maru’s restaurants have a focus on presentation and thoughtful plating. The sushi chefs aren’t afraid to get creative with the many sauces, including eel sauce, honey wasabi aioli, Korean condiment gochujang sauce, spicy mayo and others.

Every dine-in bill at this new Maru will come with an automatic 10 percent gratuity, which is dispersed among the front- and back-of-house staff.

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