One of Sacramento’s favorite sushi restaurants is closing. Here’s when

A Sacramento sushi favorite and one of Del Paso Boulevard’s flagship businesses is calling it quits after four-and-a-half years.

Southpaw Sushi’s last day in business will be April 13, the restaurant announced on social media Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, sales are down, costs are up, and we find ourselves at the point where continued operation is no longer feasible,” Southpaw’s Instagram post read. “What was a promising venture has turned into a daily struggle to keep the doors open. We tried our best, but it is time to accept reality and move on.”

Southpaw opened with a bang in August 2019 at 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Suite 200. It was co-owned by chef Lou Valente, a local sushi fixture whose face was portrayed on a mural outside his former midtown restaurant Lou’s Sushi.

Valente brought a following with him to Del Paso Boulevard, and Southpaw gained a reputation as a dining destination on the hardscrabble, ever-on-the-rise thoroughfare. Readers voted Southpaw as one of the top snubs left off The Sacramento Bee’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2022.

But Valente chafed with partners Kelly Brean and Phil Perry, and left Southpaw in August 2022 to do pop-ups and work at a UC Davis dining hall.

New chef Erick Avila brought his own innovative streak, creating dishes such as a Japanese-inspired cioppino with shrimp, surf clams, green-lipped mussels, rockfish and squid in a spicy tomato dashi.

Rolls including the Del Paso (spicy tuna and asparagus topped with seared albacore and a garlic-ginger ponzu sauce) and Woodlake (fried yam and avocado topped with seared tuna or eggplant, blackened Brussels sprouts and sweet garlic) offered a sense of place as well.

Southpaw Sushi will remain open for dinner service from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday until April 13. The restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday.