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New sushi restaurant for Shockoe Bottom

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By David Larter

RICHMOND, Va. ( – Two veterans of a prominent local restaurant group are starting a new venture on Tobacco Row.

Michael Hinerman and Hai Truong, formerly of Osaka, part of Chris Tsui’s EAT Restaurant empire, are to launch Haiku Sushi and Lounge in the space that once housed Sensi Italian Chop House. Truong will remain a partner in EAT.

“It’s a beautiful space,” said Hinerman, former general manager at Osaka’s River Road location. “And not that we want to benefit from someone else’s misfortune, but since Sensi was here last, the space is pretty much ready to roll.”

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