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Meridian’s Famularo Secures Times Square Lease for Sushi Chain 

Fushimi Group, one of New York’s most well-known sushi restaurant chains, is slated to open its doors in Times Square early this summer. The 20,000-square-foot space at Divco West’s 311 W. 43rd St. was recently leased by Meridian Retail Leasing Team president James Famularo and director Greg Goldberg. 

The two-story space was previously tenanted by Michelin-starred Chinese cuisine restaurant Hakkasan. After a $20-million buildout, the space is now adorned with fine marble and wood throughout the establishment.  

It seats 650 people, including an outdoor area that Fushimi plans to activate. Based in Brooklyn, Fushimi Group operates locations there and on Staten Island. 

“We are currently seeing a trend of high-end restaurateurs looking to get into the market with second-generation restaurant spaces,” said Famularo. 

In May 2021, at the height of the global pandemic, Famularo similarly leased a 25,000-square-foot space at 253 W. 47th St. to Brooklyn Chop House.  


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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