Posted Jul 30th, 2019 in Foodie Fodder
The has experienced phenomenal growth over the past 20 years and the presence of numerous local entrepreneurs has helped drive that growth. Bekah Smith is part of the team of like-minded business people behind a restaurant that is located on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building at the corner of Front and Dock Streets.
When they opened YoSaké in 2006, Bekah says they wanted something fun that everyone could get on board with. Sushi was gaining popularity as an exciting dining option so that became the main focus of the menu along with other pan-Asian specialties like Kobe burgers, noodles, curries, Poke, fried shrimp and egg rolls. The theme of the restaurant was truly a group effort.
The restaurant name, YoSaké was also a collective decision. The name struck them as a fun twist on saké, Japanese rice wine that is brewed in a similar way to beer. For Bekah, keeping the business fun is important. She wants customers to enjoy the friendly, cool vibe and feel comfortable dining in casual clothes or dressed up for an occasion.
There is a lot of energy and positivity at YoSaké. Alongside the close-knit group of owners is an excellent staff and the talented, innovative, executive chef Erin Wiley. All the chefs are trained to make authentic sushi and the seafood is sourced locally from Oak Island and the Seaview Crab Company.
If you haven’t eaten sushi before, you can whet your appetite with the half-price special menu available daily during Happy Hour, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Some popular appetizers include chicken and jalapeño egg rolls, firecracker shrimp and the coconut lemongrass soup.
For your main course, Bekah recommends the crispy salmon entrée or one of the curries that can be prepared with or without meat. Many of the menu options are suitable for vegetarians. If you are a sushi lover, she recommends the chef’s choice—“This is how we roll” and says the specials of the day are always really good.
After 13 years, Bekah knows they are fortunate with YoSaké and says she is grateful for the year-round, community support from other businesses and locals. Whether you’re local or are just visiting downtown, be sure to dine at YoSaké.
Hours: Sun – Thurs, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Fri & Sat, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Yosake Downtown Sushi Lounge
33 S Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401