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New restaurant headed to South End

A view of the Charleston site
A view of the Charleston site Charlotte

Sushi restaurant O-Ku from Charleston will open a location in South End this summer, says Steve Palmer of the Indigo Road Restaurant Group, who adds in a statement that he’s “wanted to open a restaurant here for a long time. I see what Jim Noble and now Joe Kindred are doing in Charlotte and I think now is the right time.”

O-Ku opened in Charleston six years ago and extended to Atlanta last year. Its concept is described as “Asian cuisine with a southern approach” and will go into the former Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at 2000 South Blvd.; expect the exposed brick and high ceilings to stay, and lavender banquettes and branches of manzanita to arrive. It’ll offer dinner nightly and a sushi happy hour.

The menu’s not yet set, but Charleston’s runs about $8-$29 for chef specialties, $8-$18 for maki, $6-$10 for nigiri/sashimi and offers combos in varying price points.

(Charlotteans may remember short-lived 15 North Roadside Kitchen, near Park Road Shopping Center, but that was a different configuration of the Indigo Road group.)