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Sushi Rock Will Actually Be Called Crudo

The North End's forthcoming sushi bar will take on a less obvious (but still raw seafood-y) title.

Rendering of the upstairs dining room at Crudo
Rendering of the upstairs dining room at Crudo

A pan-Asian restaurant in the North End in the works since fall 2014 is undergoing a rebranding before it opens. Pending approval after a hearing Wednesday night, Crudo will be the name of the two-story eatery replacing Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar e Ristorante at 78-80 Salem St., not Sushi Rock, as previously reported.

When it opens, Crudo will have two floors for dining, each with its own bar offering beer, wine, and cordials; plus a sushi bar on the ground level. The menu will be sushi-focused, possibly with oysters, North End Waterfront reported last year. The new name suggests a more broad raw bar. The team behind Crudo wants to be able to stay open until 1 a.m. in a neighborhood that typically shuts down at midnight. So far, the Neighborhood Association has not obliged.

No timeline for Crudo's opening has been given.