Sushimania to replace Busaba Eathai

10th May 2019


Sushimania, led by Paul Cheung-led, has the former Busaba Eathai site in St Albans, Hertfordshire.  The ten-strong group has secured the site in Verulam Road, which closed last year, for an opening later this summer.


Earlier this year, Sushimania opened its first site solely focused on grab and go – and its first in central London. The former Subway unit in Charing Cross Road opened in February.  Sushimania opened its first store in Golders Green, London, in 2011, launching three further sites in the capital and one each in Brighton, Reading, Cambridge, Oxford and Nottingham.

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