The owner of a sushi restaurant in the heart of Washington has pleaded with customers to avoid the popular menu item at his restaurant, and said it was shocking and “shocked” the restaurant had been the target of hate messages and hate mail.
Sushi menu items are usually served with a side of rice, a salad, a fish roll, a soup, or a choice of three desserts.
On Tuesday, the owner of Tsukiji Restaurant in the Old Post Office Park, located just outside the Capitol, posted a message on Facebook saying that he and his family were “shocking and horrified” by the hate messages.
“I want to make it clear that this is a business that sells our product,” the post said.
“We take this very seriously and I want to assure our customers that we are committed to our food.
I’m very sorry.”
The post has since been shared more than 3,000 times.
The post said the restaurant is now working with the Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI.
A few days later, the same post was shared more, with another user saying they were shocked to see a man spray paint the restaurant’s sign and the word “shame” on the outside of the restaurant.
“What is happening here is so disturbing,” the user wrote.
“I can’t even imagine how the man would have gotten to that spot.
It’s beyond comprehension.”
The owner of the Tsukiji restaurant did not immediately return a request for comment.
The restaurant has become a focal point for some who have voiced concerns over hate crimes in the area, and is known for its sushi offerings.
A Facebook page calling for the restaurant to be shut down said the owner is an American citizen who is proud to be an American.
“We have been targeted, harassed, bullied, threatened, and even assaulted.
This is why it is critical that our businesses be shuttered,” the page said.