J&A SUSHI is the ‘Rolls Rice of Sushi’
Love and Sushi are a lot alike, you can never have too much of either.
An explosion of flavours has hit the town of Mansfield, customers love it and are saying it’s ‘shrimply the best’!
‘Customers travel from all parts of the UK to feast on our culinary dishes’.
It has been a success with a social media following that runs into thousands.
Who would have thought two strangers followed their hearts and led them to Sushi.
In 2010 Jolanta and Andre met and not only did they fall in love with each other they both had a dream that one day they could own their own bistro or family restaurant.
Andre born in Lithuania moved to the UK in 2007. He’d previously spent a year in England working hard to earn extra money to study Law and Management then to finally make England his home.
He was always surrounded by family cooking which is where his love of food developed.
Jolanta moved to the UK in 2010 searching for a better life from Latvia, she had family connections in Mansfield which was where she settled and found employment.
Jolantas interest was also food with many years’ experience, but sushi was her passion.
Andre worked tirelessly as a factory manager and Jolanta a supervisor until illness struck her down and she was diagnosed with Leukaemia and that seemed the end of their dream. For them life seemed to stop and she endured several years of pain having a hospital as their second home.
After many years of alternative therapy and a strong mind she began to keep herself busy by learning to make sushi at home. With hard work and determination she soon became a master sushi maker. Jolantas creation of sushi is an art.
Eventually with the help of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce in the UK went on to start their dream of opening a small unit serving delicious sushi dishes.
The dream quickly turned into a nightmare after COVID struck and Andre lost his source of income and having no money coming in put a real strain on everything.
With the love and financial support of family and friends they struggled through and just about kept afloat.
Having such success with the current unit they would like to expand, but with the financial implications that they faced from the pandemic they need extra help to reach their final goal.
Andre & Jolanta are seeking some support so they can pursue their dream and opening up a crowdfunding page seemed an option they wanted to pursue.
Andre has been spending every spare minute renovating their new premises, but gone as far as he can financially.
Andre says ‘We just want to create ‘happiness on a plate’ and we are passionate about our business and hope other people are too’
We are already bringing the community together with the love of food and people are becoming more aware healthy food can be tasty.
To enable us to make everyone’s lives a little happier.
Health benefits from eating Sushi:
High in Omega 3 fatty acids, sushi is part of a Japanese diet that’s said to increase life expectancy. Sushi have lots of health benefits for the body, mind and skin.
Oily fish such as salmon and tuna contain omega-3, which is an essential fatty acid. The World Health Organisation recommends eating 1-2 portions of oily fish a week, so sushi can be a delicious way to reach these targets.
Commonly used vegetables include cucumber, red pepper and avocado.
They are low in calories and exceptionally rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, making them an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Avocados are also an excellent source of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E.
Seaweed is also used in sushi, both as dried sheets used to wrap around the rice (nori) or in salads (wakame). Seaweed is high in fibre and protein as well as being a good source of minerals including iodine, iron, zinc and vitamin B12.
Idea behind the crowd funder:
The Idea about Crowd funder came from our lovely and loyal customers.
More and more customers travel from all parts of the UK to feast our culinary dishes. More and more people suggesting that Mansfield needs more healthy food places where they come with the family and enjoy a meal. Recently the corner unit in the same building became empty and we have taken steps to occupy this.
We have started work on it, but to bring it up to the required standard and fulfil the vision to make a sushi bistro with a seating area requires more funding.
Our customers have suggested we open a business Crowd funder which is very popular nowadays. They say they love an idea of a sushi bistro in Mansfield and want to support us.
In the new premises we want to focus on speed and produce more ready sushi sets for customers to buy quickly. Also will leave pre-order option for bigger events.
In the new premises we will be delivering new range of healthy food – ‘Poke bowls’ Poke is another type of healthy food popular worldwide. A poke bowl is a Hawaiian dish that is deeply rooted in Japanese cuisine. Poke means ‘cut into pieces" and refers to the slices or cubes of raw fish that are served in a bowl along with rice, dressing, vegetables and seasonings.
Funds will be used for:
Total size of premises around 1000 square feet
- Add glazed frontage to the unit which is currently an open area. (Purchase windows doors)
- Building/Brick work.
- Flooring (building new floor & tiling) (floor needs elevating 1 meter higher enabling disabled access)
- Lighting & electricity installation.
- Interior decoration.
- Seating area: tables, chairs, benches
- Kitchen equipment.
- Display equipment. Counter/ Display fridges for sushi display.
- Saladette as a prep unit for poke bowls
- Commercial sinks/ dishwasher.
- Countertops with shelving units.
- Coffee machine.
- Under counter fridges for soft drinks.
- Architectural drawings.
- POS - Point of sale system.
We hope to bring this dream alive and welcome you on our journey.