Essential sushi restaurant Musashino is on track to move into West Campus by mid-May, according to a Facebook post. Renderings so far for the new location depict bar seating, sushi counter, and open block walls.
The restaurant is set to take over Fino’s space, the shuttered longtime Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Fino from owners Lisa and Emmett Fox, which shuttered last April on San Gabriel Street. The couple currently run Asti and Cantine.
Ronald Cheng, the owner of Musashino's upstairs neighbor Chinatown, will take over the eventually-vacant space for an unannounced concept, potentially centered on Asian street food. There are two other locations of Chinatown around Austin, the karaoke-friendly downtown one, and another out on Westlake.
Musashino has been making traditional sushi and other Japanese dishes for over 22 years. Alums from the staff have gone on to open their own sushi- and Japanese-centric places, like Tyson Cole with Uchi and Uchiko, Tatsu Aikawa and Takyua Matsumoto of Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Také Asazu over with Kome, and Kazu Fukumoto with his namesake place on East 6th Street.