A new Japanese restaurant looking to serve casual diners and college students opened recently in Rapid City.
How do you know it's aimed at downtowners and the college crowd? Well, the St. Joseph Street site is only a few blocks east of the courthouse, and almost across the street from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. And then there are the kegs.
On Feb. 26, Kaz Campillo and her partner Chie Ronneberg opened up the Sumo Japanese Kitchen at 214 E. St. Joseph St. The restaurant serves a variety of Japanese and American dishes, but also offers itself as a handy place to buy a keg of beer. Its sign out front promotes its name but also "free wi-fi" and "kegs 2 go."
Campillo said she has been in the restaurant business since 1976, starting at Sambo's Restaurant and later as manager for JB's Big Boy Restaurant.
She has opened up two other restaurants in the past besides Sumo, but declined to name them.
Campillo said they chose the location to be close to the college and student housing, as well as not far from the heart of downtown.
Menu items range from the classic California sushi roll, to fish and chips, to teriyaki burgers to its banban recipes, which are dishes cooked and served in a unique sauce made at the restaurant. The price range of food varies, but more than a dozen items are available for between $6-$10, she said.
Campillo also purchased another restaurant: the Hana Japanese/Korean Grill & Sushi Bar, which is at 3550 Sturgis Road and features more expensive, upscale fare.
Sumo is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m; call 605-791-4401, or visit sumo-rc.com for more information.
Rapid Valley pizza place closed
JD's House of Pizza in Rapid Valley closed this month, mostly due to the rising cost of ingredients, said Jeff Jundt, who co-owned the business with Deuen Zooler.
The partners could have skimped, but after seven years of serving customers, they felt it wasn't right to use inferior ingredients, he said.
"For having a quality-type pizza, how do you go to a lower quality product after seven years?” Jundt asked.
Jundt said his food costs have virtually tripled since the business first opened, and he could no longer afford to stay in business.
JD's House of Pizza opened its doors seven years ago at 3064 Covington St., just off Highway 44 east of Rapid City. The restaurant also served bakery items, including cookies and banana bread.
Jundt said he plans to restart a catering business he ran prior to opening the pizza shop called Judy’s Catering.
Ad agency rebrands itself
Bernard Marketing & Advertising has changed its name to Tout Advertising in order to better explain to its customers what it provides and avoid any stodgy misinterpretations, according to a news release.
"We did our own brand assessment, and found that the name Bernard often evoked images of an aging British man," founder and president Tracy Bernard said. "That’s not who we are, so we've taken a proactive approach to align our image with how we’re seen by the outside world."
The company's new name makes sense as the company grows into a new phase of growth, said Bernard, who was recently named one of the top 25 businesswomen in the Midwest by Prairie Business Magazine.
Tout Advertising is located at 622 Main St. in Rapid City and can be reached at 605-716-5696, or online at ToutAdvertising.com.