Hai Street Kitchen Opening Soon (And How To Get Free Giant Sushi)


A couple months back, we wrote about the former Grillicious location at 18th and Ranstead getting turned into a remodeled and re-branded Japanese fast-casual operation by the crew that used to run Genji in Center City.

Well, now that all the re-thising and re-thating is done, the new Hai Street Kitchen has an opening date: May 22nd. But that is neither the best or the weirdest news…

The weird part of the story is what Hai Street is going to be serving. The core of the menu are essentially sushi rolls as large as burritos, made with grilled steak, fried chicken and shrimp tempura, all wrapped up in nori with rice and local veggies. Or, you can skip the wrapping part and just have everything tossed together in a bowl. But seriously? Maki the size of a burrito? That sounds kinda awesome.

And if you feel the same way, there’s this: Hai Street might be opening officially on May 22, if you show up the day before (on May 21 for those of you who aren’t good at math), Hai Street Kitchen will be giving out free rolls to everyone who drops by.

Hai Street Kitchen [Foobooz]

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  • abrahamsandwich

    I’m inspired. I think I’ll make some burrito sized maki at home and report back…

  • James

    There is a place called Sushirrito in San Francisco that makes a delicious version of this, especially the variety with raw tuna — hopefully that’ll be on the menu at Hai.

  • variable

    How do they close the ends??? I predict a sloppy mess.

    • pzh77

      If the sushi rice is made properly there won’t be a mess.

  • Dude of Life

    I stop by sushiritto every time I am in San Francisco. Pretty excited this is coming to philadelphia. More japanese fast casual is always a GREAT thing.

  • Kate

    I was in Melbourne Australia a few years ago and there are Japanese take-away stalls all over that sell giant sushi rolls. Love the idea!

  • MickyBlueEyes

    Took a peak at some pics http://tinyurl.com/ogvw8yz from that Sushiritto place, looks might tasty. Looking foward to trying Hai Street Kitchen

  • Liz

    Is there a start and end time for free sushi?

    • Mick

      12:00 noon to 3:00 pm