Sumo, a Japanese fusion restaurant, opened Monday in Village West shopping center in South Whitehall Township.
The restaurant at 3174 Tilghman St. was formerly occupied by Mr. Crab Seafood House, an Asian-Cajun restaurant that was open less than a year. Prior to that, Elevation Burger operated for several years at that location.
Jessica Chen, manager of Sumo, said she and her husband and owner Calvin Lin signed a five-year lease with Brixmor Property Group Inc. in New York, the shopping center owner and leasing agent.
Chen said they did not have much remodeling to do in the 2,471-square-foot space, apart from decorating.
Sumo has seating for 90 and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
The restaurant serves a range of sushi and food from other Asian cultures, such as Chinese and Thai, and includes popular dishes such as Pad Thai and General Tso’s Chicken.
Although Village West, which is on the border of west Allentown, is anchored by Giant supermarket and has a number of successful businesses and restaurants that have been there for years, including Panera, Chipotle and Mi Chong, the Outback Steakhouse closed in November and relocated to Hamilton Crossings in Lower Macungie Township.
A Brixmor spokeswoman said in November the company was in discussions with several restaurants and retailers to occupy the former Outback space, which is visible from the intersection of Tilghman Street and North Cedar Crest Boulevard and is passed by nearly 20,000 vehicles a day.