Sakura to Debut New Express Concept in Lakeland

The innovative eatery is slated to open this fall.
Sakura to Debut New Express Concept in Lakeland
Photo: Courtesy of Sakura x Subarashi - Lakeland TN on Facebook

A popular Japanese restaurant with three locations in the Memphis area is planning a new concept in Lakeland.

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According to The Daily Memphian, Sakura will soon open a 2,200-square-foot express eatery called Sakura x Subarashi at 3665 Canada Rd, in the former site of McDonald’s. Co-owner Victor Chin said the restaurant will share the space with the existing Mobil gas station and convenience store.

Sakura is known for its premium quality sushi, hibachi meals, and bento boxes, offering a wide range of Japanese dishes. The original Germantown location debuted two decades ago, followed by sites in Collierville and East Memphis.

Chin’s group also owns Subarashi, a boba milk tea spot near the University of Memphis. The new Lakeland location will be the first to combine the two concepts.

Due to the smaller size of the new restaurant, the owners plan to scale down the menu (hence the term ‘express’) while adding milk tea. However, the popular hibachi meals will still be available.

“We like the Lakeland area a lot,” Chin told The Daily Memphian. “We have many customers currently coming from Lakeland, so we’ve been thinking of Lakeland for a while.”

Chin said he hopes to open the new eatery sometime this fall.

Cat Broughton

Cat Broughton

Cat Broughton is a creative lifestyle writer with a passion for exploring the art of storytelling. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in English, where she honed her skills in crafting compelling narratives. When she's not putting pen to paper, you can usually find her perfecting her downward dog, eating vegan food, and sporting platform sandals, though usually not at the same time.
Cat Broughton

Cat Broughton

Cat Broughton is a creative lifestyle writer with a passion for exploring the art of storytelling. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in English, where she honed her skills in crafting compelling narratives. When she's not putting pen to paper, you can usually find her perfecting her downward dog, eating vegan food, and sporting platform sandals, though usually not at the same time.

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