I have a latest obsession: Zumi Sushi in Hillsboro Village. I love that is is so clean, efficient and friendly. I also like that I can meet a friend for lunch or take my kids with equal ease. Lastly, while it is counter service (with a strong nod to the SatCo setup) I love that they bring your food to you and clean up your table when you are done….all with strict rules not to tip! I hear lots of people say it’s like a Japanese Pei Wei. It’s nestled down there near McDougals and The Dog of Nashville on Belcourt. Oh-and the food? Excellent. Myself and three kids have eaten for $32 (all water to drink) and then two adults with appetizer, two soups, three kid meals and sushi for us with three fountain drinks came in at $60. Owner, Patrick Burke, answers my questions below. Hope to see you at Zumi soon!
I know you graduated from Vanderbilt. But that’s about it. Sooooo, tell me, when did you graduate and in what did you major?
Where are you from originally?
Did you grow up in an entrepreneurial family?
When did you come up with the idea for Zumi?
How long from inspiration to execution?
What does Zumi mean?
What do you want each person to experience when eating at Zumi?
Are there plans to expand?
Does Zumi cater?
Can you put together a fun suggested meal off your menu for take out for a party for eight with some suggested drinks?
Slowest night? Busiest night?
Three things you can’t live without (can’t be friends, family or God):
What is your favorite book you’ve read in the past year?
What are your top ten most played songs on your iPod?
I should have more local artists on it like Dave Barnes (still on the CD, haven’t downloaded in iTunes yet) but here goes:
- In the Waiting Line – Zero 7
- Johnny Cash – Jason Aldean
- Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground
- All I Need – Air
- Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Red Dust – Zero 7
- Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – AC/DC
- Southernplayalistic – Outkast
- Free and Easy – Dierks Bentley
- Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes
For more info on Zumi, check out this review by the awesome Carrington Fox at the Nashville Scene.
If y’all have not been to Zumi, do yourself a favor and GO! I love local and you know small cafes have a soft spot in my heart. Enjoy your day, -Liza