Bamboo Sushi rated country's most sustainable restaurant
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Bamboo Sushi beat out eateries across the country to be named most sustainable.
Bamboo Sushi swam above the competition to be named the most sustainable restaurant in the U.S. by influential food blog Food Republic.
Portland's Bamboo Sushi, which operates in Southeast Portland and plans second location on N.W. 23rd Avenue, beat out restaurants from Seattle (Tilth) to Brooklyn (The Farm on Adderley) to take home the greenest honors.
That the restaurant, founded by Kristofer Lofgren, bills itself as the "first sustainable sushi restaurant" was enough to catch Food Republic's attention.
"Being a sustainable sushi restaurant is a truly remarkable feat," wrote Chantal Martinau.
In addition to giving Bamboo Sushi credit for using only ethically raised fish from healthy fisheries, she also recognized the restaurant for its biodegradable takeout containers, efficient hand dryers and low-flow toilets.
The ranking was picked up Thursday morning by Huffington Post.
Lofgren said he was honored by the recognition.
While difficulties with building renovations have pushed back Bamboo Sushi's opening in Northwest Portland to mid-May, Lofgren said the restaurant has other projects in the works including an overhauled menu and a new, highly interactive website that will strive to educate diners on sustainable fisheries.
"It's our hope that we become like Stumptown," Lofgren said. "When people come to Portland they'll have to eat here."
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