With Monday’s grand opening of El Sushi Loco in Pomona, owner Frank Mendoza has added yet another chapter to his impressive story. It’s a “once-upon-a-time” tale worth listening to, as he tells of a day, just eight years ago, when he bought a food cart listed on Craigslist–Tijuana for $1,200 to start selling his hybrid “Mexican-sushi” idea. The cart was labeled Sushi Island, and in no time it had crossed the border into the Californian streets.

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The original Sushi Island

 

Mendoza, his wife, and his nephew worked tirelessly to serve their high quality, delicious tasting product. Soon, Sushi Inland was a hit, encouraging the hopeful trio and inspiring a new name – El Sushi Loco. Before long, they were able to open their first permanent location in La Puente, followed by a second one in Downey, and now a third one, in Pomona.

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The ribbon cutting celebration of El Sushi Loco – Pomona

 

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Frank Mendoza, founder of El Sushi Loco

Today, Mendoza is a thankful and deeply spiritual man. The grand opening in Pomona enjoyed great fanfare from the media and a ribbon cutting from the Chamber of Commerce, but it also began with a prayer to the God to whom Mendoza attributes his success. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Mendoza has a past, and his experiences inform his current decisions.

El Sushi Loco, which obviously strives to serve delicious quality food, also wants to be a place where families can gather to enjoy each other’s company. It wants to be helpful to the community and to offer a helping hand to those who need it most. For that reason, the grand opening event was also a toy drive to benefit Angel Tree, a prison fellowship program that through Christian faith supports families affected by crime and incarceration. If all of this sounds like the proverbial American Dream, you are probably correct.

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Two appetizers at El Sushi Loco – Yaki Loco and Camarones Cucaracha

Check out El Sushi Loco – Pomona for yourself, from 10 am to 9 pm daily. It is located at 1542 W. Holt, Pomona CA 91768. More information here.

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