Daniel Kim is following in his father's footsteps and hoping to make sushi a way of life.
Kim has opened Oshio Sushi Kitchen Bar in the former GoCupz location, 974 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus, near Grandview Heights.
The menu ranges from traditional sushi presentations -- sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls -- to more modern styles, such as the Japanese-style panini -- a deep-fried rice patty filled with cabbage, avocado and spicy tuna, salmon or crab.
The list of signature sushi rolls is lengthy, and it includes a deep-fried roll featuring tempura shrimp, soft-shell crab, spicy mayo and red and green fish roe.
"It's an art," Kim said. "When you master it, get those ingredients working beautifully, it's wonderful."
Other dishes on the menu include Korean bulgogi, stone-pot bibimbap and a pancake with kimchi and seafood.
Those familiar with Oshio's new space might remember its longtime tenant, Aloha Hawaiian BBQ & Asian Bistro, which unabashedly served Spam. (Its successor, GoCupz, did, too.)
Oshio is keeping that tradition going, serving Spam and eggs during brunch, which is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
"Any kind of food is excellent if you know how to use it," said Tyler Joseph, a server and friend of Kim's.
Another recommended dish on the brunch menu is a loaded bulgogi sandwich with cheese, lettuce, sauteed kimchi and fresh jalapenos.
Kim has a family history in the restaurant business.
His early memories include running through the halls of Otani's Sushi & Karaoke Bar and Sapporo Wind Japanese Restaurant, where his father, Song Kim, was chef. (The former restaurant has closed and the latter changed its name to Sapporo Sushi Factory.)
David Kim -- Daniel's brother -- was involved with Moshi Sushi Bar, Rishi Sushi Kitchen & Bar and Pokebap but switched gears and now is a commercial real-estate agent.
Song Kim, however, remains in the restaurant business as owner of Mr. Sushi in Dublin.
Now, Oshio is Daniel Kim's addition to the family tradition.
The 2,500-square-foot restaurant's interior is understated, offering a contemporary, clean look with light gray walls, a new floor and a sushi bar. It seats 54 inside and another 20 on the patio.
A license to sell beer will be in place in a couple weeks, Kim said. He has applied for a license to sell wine and liquor, although doesn't know when it would be approved, he said.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10:30 pm. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-972-8443.
Curio, a 30-seat cocktail bar in German Village, has been gobbled up by Harvest Pizzeria.
Many patrons might not realize the change, as much of the specialty program will remain in place, but the space will bear the Harvest moniker.
The two spaces aren't attached; Harvest is at 495 S. Fourth St. and the former Curio is at 491 S. Fourth St.
Both are owned by Grow Restaurants, a small, local restaurant group, which, on a related note, just opened another Harvest in the former Zoe Cafe storefront, 2376 E. Main St. in Bexley.
Caribou Coffee has come galloping back into central Ohio, finding a roommate with Einstein Bros. Bagels.
Caribou's fresh coffee products can be found at Einstein's Huntington Center location, 41 S. High St. in downtown Columbus, and at 6700 Sawmill Road in northwest Columbus.
Caribou pulled out of the central Ohio market in 2013.