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Mizumi restaurant is pumping funds into a planned expansion that will clean up the eyesore next door, a defunct gas station, The Courier has learned.
Owners of the sushi restaurant and buffet bought the former Getty gas station on 231-06 Northern Blvd., which has been tagged with graffiti for more than a year, and plan to replace it with an extension of the eatery.
Besides cleaning off the vandalism, the Chiang family, which owns Mizumi, hired Advanced Cleanup Technologies to remediate any environmental concerns caused by the gas station or expansion as it sits directly in front of Alley Pond Park.
“As we all know, gas stations, or any automotive-related shops can negatively impact its neighborhood,” Ken Chiang said in an email. “We wanted to make sure that our environment and Alley Pond Park would not [be] affected by our expansion.”
Owners of the restaurant aren’t certain what to turn the expanded space into yet, but are contemplating adding extra seating capacity to accommodate large gatherings for catered private events. And the family hired the same Japanese interior and exterior designer who created Mizumi to articulate the style into the extension. After finalizing plans, they will present it to the Board of Standards and Appeals.
“I think everyone can agree that a restaurant or potentially a catering space is far more attractive for the community and storefront of Northern Boulevard than a gas station or auto repair center,” Chiang said.