Yasushi Watanabe has been making sushi for over 25 years. He was born in Tokyo, Japan and came to the U.S. in 1981 to work at a Japanese restaurant in Washington D.C. After 5 years there, he moved to Florida and worked at another restaurant for 5 years.
He always dreamed of opening his own restaurant, and in 1991, he came to Chattanooga and opened Sushi Nabe at its original location at Lee Highway and Shallowford Road. Nabe-san enjoyed many years of success there, but in 2004 he wanted to be part of the Chattanooga downtown revival, and moved to the current location in Coolidge Park.
Chikako Watanabe, Nabe-san's wife, has always been an integral part of the restaurant's operation. She's behind the scenes, behind the bar, and always working hard to keep Nabe-san on the right path. She also works hard raising the couple's two children, Emi and Taizo. Sushi Nabe is truly a family operation, and we welcome families to bring their children to enjoy the true cuisine of Japan. We look forward to hosting you at Sushi Nabe!