Sushi restaurant moving into old Straw Hat Pizza in Lindsay

City okays permits for O-Sushi restaurant to locate in corner suite of Olivewood Plaza on Highway 65


LINDSAY – Straw Hat Pizza was a well known mainstay in the Lindsay Olivewood Plaza shopping center. Seeing it close was tough for some to take, but now residents can look forward to another type of restaurant looking to fill the place, albeit in a very different way.

Most in Lindsay are accustomed to seeing tacos, burgers and pizza around town, but they haven’t seen sushi. Soon to be open, O-Sushi was granted their ABC license last month and were given the green light to host karaoke.

According to City staff the restaurant will primarily sell food, and selling alcohol will be secondary to its operation. As a condition of their Conditional Use Permit (CUP), O-Sushi cannot have tinted windows, food service must be all day and operations must fall inside of the Lindsay noise ordinance because of karaoke.

Assistant planner Brain Spaunhurst who presented the item to council during their Feb. 26 meeting, recognized it was out of the ordinary for a sushi restaurant to locate to Lindsay, but he was glad they were moving forward. O-Sushi has one other location in Los Angeles. The council introduced the possibility that more such restaurants might locate here if a sports training complex is constructed across the highway, as one was presented last year.

During that presentation local family land owners wanted to rezone the north-west parcel of land at the intersection of Highway 65 and Hermosa. The family said they have had success bringing in auxiliary businesses, such as restaurants, that complement sports training facilities. They said hotels had seen an increase in occupancy as well.

O-Sushi has put an established date on their opening yet, but has placed an opening soon banner on their new location.

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