Fusian announces Clintonville location opening this fall

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

Fast-casual sushi restaurant Fusian announced a fourth Columbus location at 4214 N. High St. in Clintonville. In addition to an existing store near Ohio State's campus, Fusian has two other Columbus stores coming soon; a shop at Easton is slated to open in the first week of June, while a Grandview location is starting construction with a mid-August opening.

The Clintonville location has special significance, co-owner Zach Weprin said, because the building dates back to 1946 and was once an old gas station.

"Our dad was our first and only investor five years ago," he said. "His job was to buy old gas stations and turn them into Muffler Brothers. This new location brings tears to his eyes - he's been telling us we should use old gas stations [for restaurant locations] for a while now."

Aside from the personal significance, the Clintonville location also represents the company's first stand-alone building.

"We're lucky and honored to have this opportunity to be across the street from two companies we look up to - Northstar Cafe and Jeni's Ice Creams," Weprin said.

The new location will include a larger pet-friendly patio and bike racks to accommodate cyclists.

Weprin started the company in 2010 with his brother Josh and longtime friend Stephan Harman. The company has locations in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton. By the end of 2015, with the opening of another location in Dayton and the three new ones in Columbus, the company will have nine stores total. Weprin said there are two more for Cincinnati in the works for 2016.

The addition of the Clintonville location will also allow them to partner with Bishop Watterson High School as part of their Sushi in Schools program, which serves sushi in area schools and provides education on healthy eating. The company is already partnering locally with schools in New Albany and Westerville.

"This is the next stage for us," Weprin said. "It's a triple threat, opening in Easton, Grandview and following up with Clintonville."

Weprin said permit work has begun, and they aim to open the Clintonville location this fall.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming in 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this blog post had an incorrect address for Fusian. The story has been changed to update that error.