Japanese restaurant to replace O'Shea's in Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — It’s been less than a month since O’Shea’s Irish Restaurant & Cantina closed, but renovations are already underway for a new restaurant to take its place at 94 Maine St.

The owners of the Mediterranean Grill in Freeport are planning to open Aki, a Japanese featuring sushi and hibachi grilling.

Although another Japanese restaurant, Little Tokyo, is a block away, Aki’s owners said they believe there’s enough business to go around.

Co-owner Tina Cigri noted the existence of two Indian restaurants on Maine Street as evidence that Brunswick is big enough for two venues with similar cuisine.

“It’s such a high demand, and we’re not only doing sushi and Japanese cuisine, we’re doing hibachi, which is an exciting addition to the town of Brunswick,” she said.

Although Aki will include the space in the basement of 94 Maine St., where O’Shea’s used to offer live music and dancing, Cigri said she doesn’t have any immediate plans to operate a nightclub.

She said she and her partners plan to focus on getting the restaurant up and running before they consider how to use the basement. However, she said a cocktail lounge or a space for large parties is possible in the future.

Cigri said their goal is to open the restaurant by November.