West Haven’s Daiko Japanese Restaurant & Jerry-San’s Sushi Bar to close as landlord sells property


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WEST HAVEN — After 23 years of rolling sushi in West Haven, Chef Jerry San will vacate his popular restaurant on Derby Avenue this month.

Daiko Japanese Restaurant & Jerry-San’s Sushi Bar will cease operations May 22. San said it is because the landlord is selling the property, including the 3.46-acre parcel on which the restaurant sits.

Vinod Shah, the landlord based in Westchester County, N.Y., confirmed he is in the process of closing a sale. He declined to disclose further details about the transaction.

At times, the neighboring George Harte Nissan dealership used space behind the restaurant to park dealer-owned cars on what was actually the Daiko parcel.

Joe Tramuta, general sales manager of George Harte Nissan, said Tuesday that the dealership had not used the space behind the restaurant for cars “in over a year.”

Jerry San said he did not have any immediate plans after the restaurant closes this month.

According to the eatery’s website, Chef Jerry San opened the West Haven restaurant in February 1999, although he opened his first Connecticut restaurant in New Haven in 1994. His early career was in Malaysian cuisine, and he trained under a master chef in Forest Hills, N.Y., for five years before moving to Connecticut.




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