Tatu Sushi Bar and Lounge, located at 1702 W University Ave., reopened Friday with modern-style finishes and new ownership. The bar closed for renovation in May.

Sushi and sake bombs are returning to Midtown.

After closing May 1, Tatu Sushi Bar and Lounge, located at 1702 W. University Ave., reopened with renovations and new ownership Friday. The soft reopening will be followed by a grand reopening next week, said co-owner Austin Clark. The restaurant will serve most of the same food in a modern space, Clark said.

“(We’re) trying to keep the same good food, same atmosphere — just being able to provide that to a larger number of people and make it brighter, cleaner and — like I said — adding some amenities and some aspects that were lacking a little bit,” he said.

Austin Clark, Joey Friedman and Michael Farzad bought Tatu on April 3 and began installing a full service bar, larger bathrooms and more televisions, along with doubling the restaurant’s capacity. They’ve also hired about 50 percent more employees to improve customer service and staff the liquor bar, Clark said.

The same sushi chefs and cooks stayed through the transition, so the menu has remained mostly the same, Clark said. Tatu will still offer buy one, get one free sake Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as well as a $10 lunch special weekdays.

Lauren Adler, a UF accounting sophomore, is thrilled to have her favorite sushi restaurant back.

“I’m just really excited because having a good sushi place right across the street from campus is amazing,” she said.


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