ReGrow Dining Spotlight

Mizu Japanese
Nicole and Daron Close– Owners 

Husband and wife team Nicole and Daron Close met and fell in love while running several restaurants together for the highly successful D’Amico Group in Minneapolis. In 2009, after searching for the right location to open and operate their own restaurant, their dream became a reality as they launched Acqua in the Marina Triangle. After opening and managing several additional successful concepts, in 2017 the couple welcomed the opportunity to design their first brand new restaurant space for the new empty building next to Acqua. The space wasn’t well suited for a typical restaurant kitchen; however, the idea of a fully electric sushi house was a possibility. With some creative negotiations along with support from the city and the EDC, Mizu Japanese was born. 

Following the recent closure of Red Lantern Sushi the Closes were able to partner with the highly skilled sushi chef Josh Romans who remains the head chef today. In addition to an extensive and creative raw sushi menu, Mizu also offers a full dinner menu with such cooked favorites as Pork Belly Ramen; Shrimp Fried Rice; Miso Glazed Sea Bass, NY Strip Yakisoba and Gyoza (Pot Stickers). Nicole, a talented mixologist has brought her skills to create an impressive craft cocktail menu along with a full range of wines and sake.  

Mizu offers a user-friendly Take-Out service through their website www.mizuwbl.comas well as via phone at 651-653-4888. Offering both curbside pickup and delivery, Sushi “travels well” making it a great choice when looking for a quality Take-Out meal. As they did with Acqua last spring, during the shutdown, the Closes created a Staff Relief Fund donating over $6,000 of Gift Card sales to help their furloughed employees and their families make it through this difficult period. Nicole and Daron are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to live and work in this community and they attribute their success to the passion and hard work of their team and the support of their guests and neighbors. They are very excited to get back to welcome you back inside and serving you in-person in 2021! 

This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.