DC’s Kushi Izakaya to Aid in Tsunami Disaster Relief Indefinitely

The 4000 square foot space is Tokyo-influenced, featuring reclaimed wood bar tops, large paper lanterns imported from Japan and 18-foot ceilings.

Washington, DC (March 15, 2011) – After a month-long trip to visit her family in Japan, Ari Kushimoto Norris, Co-Owner at Washington, DC’s Kushi Izakaya landed in New York on March 10th. The next morning she woke up and learned that her home country was in devastation following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a series of tsunamis and aftershocks. While the full impact of the disaster will not be assessed for some time, Kushi has decided to activate fundraising efforts to support Disaster relief.

Beginning immediately, Kushi will donate 100% of the sales of their popular Buta Bara Kushiyaki (Pork Belly Kushiyaki) to the Japanese Red Cross, specifically to support earthquake and tsunami disaster relief in Japan.

Owner of Kushi, Ari Kushimoto Norris.

“We selected the Pork Belly as it is our customers’ favorite and we wanted a fundraiser with high-impact,” says Ari Kushimoto Norris. The Pork Belly Kushiyaki is Kushi’s best-selling menu item with average monthly sales of approximately $7,500.00.  The Pork Belly Kushiyaki is made with North Carolina pigs and cooked sous vide for several hours before being finished over a hot, charcoal grill. The price is $6.

The Japanese Red Cross is the Japanese affiliate of the International Red Cross and is supported by the Japanese Imperial Family. The Japanese Red Cross has already activated 62 National Disaster Response Teams with more than 400 team members including medical and contract workers sent to the affected areas for assessment, first aid & support since the disaster.

Kushi’s Disaster Relief Fundraiser will begin immediately on March 15, 2011 and run indefinitely.

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is located at 465 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20001.

The 4000 square foot space was designed by Bethesda, MD based Heiserman Group, (now merged with Street Sense) and is Tokyo-influenced, featuring reclaimed wood bar tops, large paper lanterns imported from Japan and 18-foot ceilings. Kushi features an unparalleled beverage program featuring the region’s largest selection of sake, shochu and Japanese microbrews. The beverage program perfectly complements Kushi’s menu of charcoal grilled robata and kushiyaki cuisine and fresh sushi prepared by Japanese experts.

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