People can pull out their chopsticks in downtown Jasper Wednesday when Rock N Roll Sushi is set to open its doors.Owner Ryan Hallmark and Regional Manager Dalton Reaves were busy decorating the interior …
People can pull out their chopsticks in downtown Jasper Wednesday when Rock N Roll Sushi is set to open its doors.
Owner Ryan Hallmark and Regional Manager Dalton Reaves were busy decorating the interior of the sushi restaurant Tuesday to prepare for opening day.
Hallmark said they would have been open sooner, but state Health Department shortages delayed their operations, since the restaurant must pass inspection.
The majority of their menu will feature cooked offerings, with a few traditional raw sushi selections.
"We stress to everyone that we do have traditional sushi, but we're very much non-traditional," Hallmark said. "Sixty percent of our menu is 100 percent cooked sushi rolls."
The Rock N Roll theme or the restaurant carries into their menu, with appetizers such as "Headbanger Shrimp" and "Rockin' Lobster." There are nearly 30 sushi rolls on their menu, including the "Elvis Roll" with shrimp tempura and cream cheese, topped with seasoned crawfish, spicy mayo, eel sauce and crunchy flakes.The more adventurous "Pearl Jam Roll" is made with yellowtail albacore tuna, red tuna and crabmeat. There's also a "Sweet Home Alabama Roll," "Tommy Lee Roll," "Cyndi Lauper Roll," "Metallica Roll" and many more.
There are a number of backstage grill items as well.
"The backstage grill is very similar to Hibachi, but we just don't cook it in front of you. We do it back in our kitchen," Hallmark said.
Desserts are also available at the restaurant, along with many drink options, including sake.
Images of Joan Jett, Prince, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin and others line the walls, along with an electric guitar display and iconic album covers.
The restaurant seats 70 and will offer a large group table for customers, and a sleek, red bar is the centerpiece of the establishment. Guests can also come to the bar for takeout orders.
Hallmark said they invite customers to use both their front and back entrance, and a street light has been installed behind the restaurant for customer safety.
Rock N Roll Sushi will employee 12 to 15 people, and Hallmark commended the City of Jasper for its support of the new eatery.
The new restaurant, located at 19th Street West, will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Jasper's Rock N Roll Sushi joins the restaurant's more than 25 locations across the Southeast.