Owner Of La Jolla's James' Place To Open Aburi Sushi In North Park This Summer

June 17, 2018

The lifelong sushi master behind La Jolla's James' Place has taken over the prime corner unit that last housed Craft & Sea in North Park's The Lynhurst building to create Aburi Sushi, an authentic Japanese restaurant and izakaya set to debut this Summer.

Japanese-born James Holder started making sushi with his mother as young teen in his hometown of Hiyama. After moving to the U.S., Holder began his professional culinary career working at numerous high-end sushi restaurants in San Diego, including playing an integral role in the opening of the iconic Cafe Japengo (which will close for business later this month after a nearly 30-year tenure). In addition to opening James' Place on the UCSD campus outside the La Jolla Playhouse in early 2015, Holder is also a partner at Mitch’s on El Paseo in Palm Desert and was also once the chef/partner at the now defunct Valentino’s Lounge in Chula Vista.

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Aburi Sushi will offer a menu centered around Holder's signature sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well entrees using prime and Angus cuts of beef paired with California wines and craft beer. The eatery will source seasonal ingredients and locally caught seafood. There will also be a large array of sides and small plates, as well as sake and Soju cocktails.

Aburi Sushi is anticipated to open as early as this July at 3396 30th Street in North Park. For more information, visit aburinorthpark.com.