Growing up in Korea as the daughter of a single mother, Jinny always dreamed of owning her own business. As a young girl, she watched and learned from her entrepreneurial mother, whose curtain business inspired Jinny to one day start her own business.
In 2002, Jinny traveled across the world alone to pursue schooling in the US. After earning her degree, she started working in sushi restaurants to learn more about the industry. As she gained more work experience and knowledge about sushi, she took note of how she wanted to serve sushi differently: with more care, creativity and much more engagement with customers.
With over 10 years of sushi experience under her belt, Jinny and her husband used their savings to open Sushi Kuchi in July 2012. The mission of Sushi Kuchi is to create superb, fresh and creative sushi, while creating a welcoming and engaging environment for customers. What sets Sushi Kuchi apart is Jinny’s joyful and positive attitude. She always takes the time to speak with her customers and loves welcoming them by name. In less than a year since opening, Sushi Kuchi employs ten people and has become a favorite sushi spot in Pacific Beach, San Diego.
Jinny is seeking a Kiva loan to help keep her restaurant open during the slow winter months. Having only been open since last July, the restaurant did not have enough time to adequately prepare for this winter. A $10,000 Kiva loan will enable Jinny to keep her doors open, while allowing her to build a patio and a more attractive storefront, setting Sushi Kuchi apart from the crowd. This new patio will also allow customers to bring their dogs, making Sushi Kuchi a pet-friendly place.