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Crudo Will Soon Expand North End's Pan-Asian Cuisine

The North End sushi restaurant is in its "final stage" before opening.

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Crudo, a "modern Japanese restaurant," is close to being ready for business, according to its past month of social media activity, though an opening date has yet to be announced.

"Almost complete! Entering our final stage!" @CrudoBoston tweeted on June 6, adding several hashtags.

Crudo (née Sushi Rock) will span two floors at 78 Salem St., previously Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar e Ristorante. The first level will have a sushi bar, and there will be a bar for booze as well as a dining room upstairs and downstairs. Its tagline is "Sushi • Sake • Socialize." According to one tweet, Cruo brought on some #mixologists during a round of hiring in May, so expect "fancy cocktails" when it opens, too. Training starts today for the new staff.

Crudo is billed as a Japanese fusion restaurant "blending the art of sushi with modern local ingredients." In the historic Italian neighborhood, it will not be the only place for sushi, as the nearby North End Fish Market (Mercato del Mare) rolls, among other seafood preparations; Billy Tse Restaurant on Commercial St. has pan-Asian fare, too. But Crudo will offer something different from the Italian-dominated food landscape of the North End.

[Photo: Twitter]

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