Casa Ventura opened with much fanfare last April in the corner storefront at Seventh Avenue and Third Street, but its brand of pan-Latin cuisine just couldn't pull in the crowds needed to keep it afloat with a rent as astronomical as it was. It closed down back in June, and the storefront has slowly fallen into disrepair since then. But it won't be this way for long: a sushi restaurant is moving into the space.
Park Slope Stoop spoke to the owner last week, who said that a sushi-focused Japanese restaurant is on the way. A work permit was issued yesterday, and it looks like the name of the business will be Sushi Katsuei. It looks like the actual physical work required to get the new restaurant ready will be minimal, as the only permissions granted were for cellar work.
With no shortage of sushi restaurants in the neighborhood (to say the least), this place needs to be on par with Taro and its ilk to make a serious go of it.