Aburi Sushi Ends Run In San Diego's North Park With Move To La Jolla On The Way

June 18, 2023

After almost 5 years in business, Aburi Sushi has ended its run in San Diego's North Park, but the Japanese restaurant and izakaya will revive in downtown La Jolla.

Japanese-born James Holder started making sushi with his mother as a 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 has since closed for business 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.

In summer 2018, Holder opened Aburi Sushi in the prime corner unit that previously housed Craft & Sea in North Park's historic The Lynhurst building. The restaurant abruptly closed this week without any public announcement. We reached out to representatives of Aburi who confirmed they will be relocating to an undisclosed location in "downtown La Jolla." 

Like the North Park eatery, expect the new Aburi Sushi location to serve 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. There will also be a large array of sides and small plates, as well as sake and Soju cocktails.

For more information about Aburi Sushi, visit aburinorthpark.com.