STOWE - Sushi Yoshi, which has been part of the Killington, Vt.
restaurant scene for 20 years, has opened a new location in
Stowe. Owners Howard Smith, Nate Freund and chef Kevin Zheng
leased the building at 1128 Mountain Road, and opened for business
on August 26. Both Smith and Freund already have ties to the
Stowe community - Freund's family founded Squash Valley Produce,
and Smith, who also owns Killington Snowmobile Tours, operates
Stowe Snowmobile Tours.
Smith opened his first restaurant on the Access Road in
Killington in 1991, offering Chinese takeout. The menu later
expanded to offer sushi, and in 2002 the restaurant relocated to
its current location, formerly Mother Shapiro's, and added Hibachi
In the summer of 2005, the Chinese Gourmet Sushi Yoshi opened a
large restaurant on Route 9 in Lake George just south of the
village. Their newest Sushi Yoshi in Stowe occupies the site of a
former McDonalds, which has also housed a couple of failed
Japanese restaurants. The building has undergone extensive
renovation, interior design and cleaning, and the owners believe
they have a winning formula.
"Stowe is a great town, with an exciting restaurant community.
We are very excited to introduce chef Zheng's creative Asian
cuisine," said Smith. "We feel strongly that our product and
our service are strong enough to succeed, and we're looking forward
to serving Stowe for a long, long time."
Like its counterparts in Killington and Lake George, Sushi Yoshi
in Stowe will put a major emphasis on providing money-saving deals
to locals. Both Killington and Stowe locations will host an annual
"Good Guys' Party" in September, where locals receive cards for
half-price sushi and Hibachi for the whole year.
Good Guys cards and gift certificates issued in Killington can
also be used at the Stowe restaurant.
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Sushi Yoshi serves
up gourmet Japanese and Asian fusion cuisine until 10 p.m. on
weekdays and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Killington
restaurant will reopen for the season in late September. The Stowe
restaurant will be open year-round, and offer takeout. For
more information, call 802-236-7900, or visit