View of the Rotunda. Image via Rotunda Developer/Realtor, Hekemian Co.

The Rotunda is getting a new Sushi bar: 18-8 Sushi is slated to open in the redeveloped Hampden complex by New Year’s Day of 2018. Plans moved ahead this week for the new restaurant venture by Qui Sun Lin of Baltimore and Luan Ying Li of Perry Hall, with the successful acquisition of a liquor license on Thursday, the BBJ reports.

18-8 Sushi will feature a 2,600-square-foot restaurant and an eight-person cocktail bar, and will also offer carryout on food and select imported beers and sake. The restaurant has been a long-planned part of the mixed-use Rotunda complex, filing for a license even before the Rotunda’s grand re-opening in September 2016.

Lin and Li have reportedly invested $150,000 into the restaurant so far. The pair have worked together before in both Florida and Baltimore, most recently with by opening Earl’s Grocery at 1214 E. Lafayette Ave.

New Jersey-based Hekemian & Co. finished redeveloping the Rotunda in 2016, building a hulking complex with 376 residential apartments and office spaces overlooking a handful of “lifestyle” businesses. 18-8 Sushi joins a curated community of businesses that includes MOM’s Organic Market, Cinébistro, Rite Aid, PetValu, Starbucks, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, Moby Dick House of Kabob, two fitness companies, a masseuse and a luxury nail salon.

Rachel Bone

Rachel Bone is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl.