If you’ve ever craved delicious sushi, miso soup, seaweed salad, or shrimp tempura while browsing the Ardmore Farmers Market, you’re probably familiar with Sushi Sei Express. Owned by Chef Luke Truong, Sushi Sei began as an entrepreneurial expedition and quickly turned into a Suburban Square staple. We recently had the pleasure of talking with Truong to learn all about his business and his deep love for sushi.
As a child, Truong was a huge fan of cooking and loved to help his mom in the kitchen. As a high schooler, he worked as a busboy at a Japanese restaurant. Over the years, he rose among the ranks and by the time he was 18, he was a trained sushi chef! A college degree and many promotions later, Truong found himself in enough managerial positions to finally open a restaurant of his own. A spot in the Ardmore Farmers Market opened up, and the rest is history.
While the business has thrived since its opening in 2008, when COVID-19 hit, Sushi Sei undoubtedly struggled. Truong was most concerned about his customers, who he has always wanted to make feel safe and comfortable. Truong and his staff made sure to immediately implement all safety measures and follow CDC precautions.Now, as many restaurants begin to reopen, Truong wants all his old and new customers to know they are still open and ready to bring the same classic sushi we’ve all come to love.
During the months under stay-at-home orders, he greatly missed his daily interactions with customers. One of his favorite parts of his restaurant is watching his customers grow and become like family to him. “When I see a person walk in the store, I can tell immediately what they want before we even speak,” he says. “That’s how well I know my customers.”
Truong is excited to get back to business as usual, providing great quality food for our visitors and neighbors. Sushi Sei is now available for curbside pickup via online orders or phone call. Come enjoy outdoor dining with us and support a local business at the same time! There’s nothing like eating sushi in the sunshine at Suburban Square.