Harvard Square could see the opening of OSushi as early as Labor Day weekend, according to minutes from a Cambridge license commission hearing. The Mt. Auburn St. location was previously home to a never-opened restaurant called Kitchen Sushi and Lounge, and January license transfer applications indicate that a company called CDM International Enterprises wanted to change the name to OSushi Cambridge and change the manager to Timoleon Panagopoulos, the owner of the OSushi in Back Bay, among other reorganizations. At the August hearing, however, the group abandoned all applications except for the name change in preparation for a Labor Day weekend soft opening.
The present and future connection between the two OSushi locations is a bit nebulous; the hearing minutes indicate that while Panagopoulos is a paid consultant in the launch of OSushi Cambridge, it's not really a franchise or an expansion of the other location. Panagopoulos' role might change in the future, although that would require a reorganization of the company and more applications. The original applications called for an opening in July, but the space needed major renovations first, including the addition of gas and piping.
OSushi Boston has a swanky lounge-like atmosphere where makimono will set you back between $9 (for a California roll) and $20 (for a Dragon roll: shrimp tempura, unagi and avocado topped with layered avocado).