May 17, 2023

Rock N’ Roll Sushi, born in Alabama, targets 250 new locations in 5 years


By: William Thornton
Published: May 9, 2023

Rock N’ Roll Sushi CEO Chris Kramolis said when he first heard about a sushi concept restaurant “blowing up” in Alabama, he had a “hard time processing” the information.

“You’re like, ‘I don’t believe you,’” Kramolis told Restaurant Dive.

But the chain, which began in Mobile in 2010, has grown to 62 units in nine states, with locations developing in Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and Phoenix.

And Rock N’ Roll Sushi is aiming for 250 units within five years, which plans to further entrench across the Southeast, making Texas and Florida a focus.

Rock N’ Roll Sushi gives diners lights, guitars, TV screens with music videos, and menu mainstays such as the Metalhead Roll, Pyro Roll, Headbanger Shrimp and and Rockin’ Lobster.

According to Restaurant Dive, the company will work with single-unit operators, especially if they are looking to open Rock N’ Roll Sushi units in smaller markets. Ninety percent of its units are within strip malls.

“It’s the rock and roll vibe that makes it unique and different to other sushi concepts,” Kramolis said. “You can come in there in hats and shorts. It’s not a high-end sushi place.”

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