Kushi Izakaya & Sushi to donate 100% of sales of popular dish to Japanese disaster relief efforts.

Kushi's popular PorkBelly. 100% of sales will be donated to Japan's Red Cross.

Kushi's popular PorkBelly. 100% of sales will be donated to Japan's Red Cross.

Many in the nation’s capital are horrified by the recent catastrophic events in Japan. With many ties to Japan, DC area restaurants are doing what they can to help. Devastated by the Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster in Japan, Kushi Izakaya & Sushi (465 K Street, NW) activates a fundraiser inviting DC area diners to Pig Out for relief, effective immediately.

After a month-long trip to visit her family in Japan, Ari Kushimoto Norris, Co-Owner at DC’s Kushi Izakaya landed in New York on March 10th. The next morning she woke up and learned that her home country was in devastation following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a series of tsunamis and aftershocks. While the full impact of the disaster will not be assessed for some time, Kushi has decided to activate fundraising efforts to support Disaster relief.

Beginning immediately, Kushi will donate 100% of the sales of their popular Buta Bara Kushiyaki (Pork Belly Kushiyaki) to the Japanese Red Cross, specifically to support earthquake and tsunami disaster relief in Japan. Kushi’s Disaster Relief Fundraiser will begin immediately on March 15, 2011 and run indefinitely. We selected the Pork Belly as it is our customer’s favorite and we wanted a fundraiser with high-impact, says Ari Kushimoto Norris. The Pork Belly Kushiyaki is Kushi’s best-selling menu item with average monthly sales of approximately $7,500.00. The Pork Belly Kushiyaki is made with North Carolina pigs and cooked sous vide for several hours before being finished over a hot, charcoal grill. The Pork Belly Skewer is $6.

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