No Fish: Kaz Okochi Closes Casual Sushi Spot Oh Fish!

The second branch at Whole Foods remains open.

A rice-binding machine and maki rolls at Oh Fish! Photographs by Emma Patti.

Sorry, downtowners, no more customizable sushi rolls for you. As Popville first reported, chef Kaz Okochi shuttered Oh Fish!, his fast-casual concept at 1103 19th Street, Northwest. The restaurant opened just about two years ago.

Okochi, who owns Kaz Sushi Bistro and is a partner with restaurateur Richard Sandoval at Masa 14, El Centro D.F., and Ambar, says he closed the design-your-own-maki spot because the concept wasn’t profitable in its current location thanks to high rents and lunch-only service. Currently there’re no plan to seek out a new home for the concept, but an Oh Fish! station still operates in the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.