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Sushi Nine was damaged by a fire last week

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Today’s featured teardown shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who was following the local news back in January: Sushi Nine, damaged by fire in the first full week of 2016, received demolition permits on February 29.

Sushi Nine suffered extensive fire damage in early Januaryinsta

James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

Sushi Nine suffered extensive fire damage in early January

First built in 1985 as a Golden Corral restaurant, the former home of Sushi Nine at 3812 Western Boulevard was also the previous site of Ten Ten, a Chinese restaurant. Although we never visited any of these iterations of the place, I imagine Ten Ten was probably the best. But in the interest of full disclosure, I do have a very strong bias against sushi. What can I say? It’s gross.

Obviously there’s a lot of people that disagree, and those folks should be delighted to know that Sushi Nine announced plans on its Instagram account in January to stage a grand reopening of the restaurant.

The place clearly had a lot of fans and supporters: Sushi Nine’s posts on social media received lots of great feedback, and it had pretty decent Yelp ratings. Kong L., an Elite Yelp Reviewer (yes, that’s a thing, and from what I’ve heard, there are real-life perks, like free meals from restaurants, invitations to grand openings, groupies, etc.) wrote of Sushi Nine:

I’ve searched near and far for the best sushi in the Raleigh area and hands down…”Sushi Nine” is the winner! I’ve been living in Raleigh, NC for the past 3 years and have tried sushi from all over the area and nothing is as good as sushi nine. Each time I visit, I know exactly how the roll should taste; consistency is the key. I also like just enough sauce on my sushi; not splattered and drowned with sauce.

BOGO all day and everyday whether you’re eating in or taking out. That’s the up side of this sushi restaurant.

Sushi Nine was damaged by a fire last week

James Borden / Raleigh Public Record

Sushi Nine was damaged by a fire in early January

I guess I could make some crack about how sushi is such a terrible food that the only way you can sell it is by offering a never-ending buy-one-get-one special, but obviously I’m in the minority with regards to my hot take on raw fish.

The BOGO move is actually a pretty good one, especially considering its proximity to NC State. Students who might not otherwise be able to afford the relative “luxury” that is a meal at a sushi restaurant could easily split the cost of a buy-one-get-one deal. I have no idea if I’m hyphenating that right.

While browsing Sushi Nine’s above-mentioned Instagram account, I came across this short video shared by an obvious fan of the restaurant, Devon Gerenza. It was too hilarious not to include here:

WHY GOD WHY ??????

A video posted by Devon Gerenza (@dev_gerenza) on

Hats off to Ms. Gerenza. There’s really no way to top that, although before I close out, I should mention that Cecil Holcomb will be handling the $15,000 demolition.