You gotta hand it to IUPUI biz grad Jason Hornberger. He saw a gap in the quick-service restaurant field and stepped in with a concept to fill it. Sushi Boss, located at 803 W. 10th St., lets customers create their own sushi rolls.
The restaurant has its own signature rolls as well, but the fun part of stopping in at Sushi Boss is designing your own. You pick the wrap — I chose seaweed, but they also have a soy wrap — then your protein, and there are half a dozen options in both the raw and the cooked categories. I went with tuna, then added three from the fresh produce category: asparagus, avocado and cucumber. Then you select a sauce and topping.
Sushi Boss also makes its own miso soup fresh every day, and I tried a $1.99 side of that as well. Prices for the 10-piece build-your-own rolls range from $6.49 for just vegetables to $8.99 for smoked salmon or yellow tail tuna. Signature roll prices top out at $9.29.
“We turn the sushi world upside down with giving options back to the consumer,” said Hornberger, who studied local and regional sushi menus when designing his line-up of ingredients, which even includes such fruits as strawberries, mango and mandarin oranges. “I felt there was a market and a demand for that.”
And while Sushi Boss might look like a franchise, “This is just me,” said Hornberger. — Jolene Ketzenberger