A new sushi shop has rolled into Station 73 at Junction Place.
Sushi Station 3690 is operating from inside one of the prefabricated look-alike train carriages in Sidings Park, adjacent Gum Tree Pies.
Owners Zhichun Lin and his wife Peina Yang have been run off their feet since opening their doors just before Mother’s Day.
“Our customers have commented on how fresh our food is,” Mr Lin said.
“We make everything fresh each morning and we are not keeping anything that’s left.”
Popular sushi picks have been the California grilled pack, chicken lovers, Teriyaki chicken, salmon and sweet chilli chicken.
They also offer hot food including spring rolls, crab claws, panko prawns and calamari rings
The business name is a nod to the old train station.
“Sushi Station was already registered in Victoria so we added Wodonga’s 3690 postcode,” Mr said.
“The name is great for marketing our business.”
The couple have plans to open more stores, one in Albury and they are also looking at Yarrawonga or Bright.
Mr Lin has 13 years of experience in hospitality, having worked in Melbourne’s Chinatown, the former Zhuzi Asian restaurant at Albury’s SS and A Club and, more recently, a Border sushi restaurant.
“My wife has also been working in a sushi place for almost two years, so between us we both have the experience,” he said.
Mr Lin is currently looking for staff as the couple look to introduce Menulog.
“We are getting busy as more and more people notice we are open, especially on Saturdays,” he said.
The business also offers a range of milk and fruit teas, sparkling sodas, bubble tea, and frappes.
The couple are working on a photo menu for the drink options that include such flavours like passionfruit green tea with lychee popping pearl.
“We want a photo menu so people can see what they look like and know what they are getting,” he said.
Mr Lin said they were waiting on more undercover seating to come but said many people enjoy ordering takeaway and going up further to Junction Square to sit on the grass or even over to Belvoir Park.
The couple are keen to see what type of business will occupy the remainder of the train carriage.
Mr Lin would like to see perhaps a burger shop or he has a friend who does great fried chicken.
The business is open 10.30am to 4pm on Mondays, closed Tuesdays and 10.30am to 4pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.