Ruta Smith

East Bay Street sushi standby Shiki reopened its 35-seat dining room Wednesday, giving owner Hae Gon “David” Park and his son James the chance to finally showcase the stunning interior renovations that were completed during the pandemic. The 20-year-old restaurant is now open six days a week and is exploring the possibility of adding a “Shiki Late Night” menu catered to food and beverage employees, James told the City Paper

“With the completion of the reno and the progress of vaccinations, we felt ready to welcome our guests back in,” James said. 

Patrons will notice several changes once they walk in the door. There’s a brand new sushi bar, wooden floors, tables, banquettes and custom-made wooden slats crafted by New York artisan Wang Pu. 

Shiki added a new sushi bar during the pandemic | Ruta Smith

“My dad works here, my mom works here, this is more home to us than home,” James told the City Paper in February. “Some of our customers that our regulars are like family to us, so it was pride that really motivated us to make this place as good as it can be.”  

For those who haven’t been to Shiki, which is located at 334 East Bay St. near Ted’s Butcherblock and East Bay Deli, you’ll find an assortment of sushi rolls, hot entrees and its specialty — nigiri and sashimi. The Parks offer over 20 different types of raw fish, such as hamachi (yellowtail), sake toro (salmon belly) and hotategai (sea scallop). 

Shiki is open for dinner Monday-Saturday and also offers lunch on weekdays.

“We are so excited and proud to share the new space with our guests,” James said. “The dining room has less seats than before, but it’s an improvement as guests will comfortably have more space. 

For more information and to make a reservation, visit shikicharleston.com