Congratulations to Dew, Preeya & Will (1.-r. in top right photo), the owners of Umu Japanese & Thai restaurant (2653 BBD Blvd., in the same plaza as The Hungry Greek & Dickey’s BBQ Pit), which held a North Tampa Bay Chamber (NTBC) ribbon cutting in conjunction with its Grand Re-Opening on Sept. 20.

Umu, which was closed for two weeks and for lunch for a while longer, as more focus was being placed on its upscale dinner items, is open again for both lunch and dinner and members of the NTBC got an amazing preview of Umu’s new and revamped menu items during the event.

In addition to huge platters of the restaurant’s always-outstanding sushi, Umu served delicious BBQ  pork belly, pad Thai, shrimp fried rice, gyoza dumplings, crispy chicken katsu and more.

In other words, if it’s been a while since you visited Umu, you need to go try it again soon — and please tell the owners I sent you!

Umu Japanese & Thai is open for lunch and dinner every weekday and for dinner only on Sat. & Sun. For more information, call (813) 591-6121 or visit — Gary Nager; all photos on this page by Charmaine George  

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