Sushi Koen now serving Japanese cuisine in Round Rock

Sushi Koen, a Japanese restaurant located at 201 University Oaks Blvd., Ste. 1290, Round Rock, celebrated its official opening Nov. 18, staff confirmed Nov. 20. The restaurant offers raw fish sushi, specialty rolls, bento box meals, lunch specials and a happy hour from 4:30-6 p.m. 512-580-0085.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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