Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 18, 2013

New sushi spot eyes Shawsheen plaza space

By Dustin Luca

---- — A new take on sushi cuisine is looking to set up shop in Shawsheen Plaza in what remains of the vacant space left behind by Marshall’s two years ago.

Karma Restaurant, with a location in Westford, is seeking to open a 200-seat restaurant, which will ultimately include about 40 seats on an outdoor patio, according to owner Iverson Guo.

The establishment, which Guo hopes to have up and running this winter, boasts “more modern Asian fusion cuisine.” Guo describes it as “a combination of Japanese food and a French presentation — a big plate, very nice layout and a very different flavor.”

Karma Restaurant has already started construction inside its future home next to Planet Fitness. The gym occupies about two-thirds of the space left vacant when Marshall’s moved out of Andover in 2011. The remaining space is going to Karma, Guo said.

The eatery will also be seeking a liquor license. While the bar menu will feature Polynesian drinks with names like Cucumber Martini and Mai Tai Scorpion, it will be the food on the menu that serves as Karma’s biggest draw, Guo said.

“Most people are thinking that sushi is just raw fish, but the way we present it, it’s more flavorful,” he said. “We do a lot of Japanese food that isn’t traditional.”