Feb. 20, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A new restaurant that aims to offer something for the sports fan and foodie alike could open on Vernon Boulevard as soon as this weekend.
S3 Sushi, the name of the new 35-seat venue, is taking over the site at 47-34 Vernon Blvd, once occupied by Gizi Wine Cheese & Chocolate.
The sports bar and sushi eatery will mainly serve Japanese foods, Asian tapas, and other fusion items on site as two 65-inch televisions stream sports all day. Menu items include Korean tacos made with bulgogi beef, a variety of soups, salads, sushi, rolls, and desserts.
Like any other sports bar, S3 Sushi will offer a selection of beer, and wine, but will also offer custom cocktails made with soju—a clear, distilled alcohol from Korea.
Jae Junkunc, the owner of the restaurant, left an 11-year trek with Mass Mutual, the life insurance company, to work on her concept.
As an avid sports fan, Junkunc wanted a place where she could watch sports but have a variety of healthy options to choose from.
“I kind of wanted a place like this ten years ago,” Junkunc said. “But I didn’t start thinking of the details until a year ago.”
Long Island City was always in store for this venue, Junkunc said, given the neighborhood’s extraordinary growth and change and its need for sports bars.
S3 Sushi will have soft opening hours of 4 p.m. to midnight every day, and will open at 11 a.m. soon afterwards. Junkunc is still working to finalize some items before the locale opens, which could set the opening to early March.