According to Janice and Andrew Vu—Tomball residents and the owners of Top Sushi Tomball—surviving the coronavirus pandemic as a new business would not have been possible without quick adaptability, good sushi rolls and a lot of community support.

“The Tomball community especially during COVID[-19 has] really proved to be a very strong community,” Janice said. “I feel like we are very fortunate to have grown up in this area.”

Located on Hwy. 249 in the Northpointe area of Tomball, Top Sushi Tomball opened in January 2020, offering specialty sushi rolls such as the braised pork belly Golden Pig, the smoked salmon Louis V and the spicy tuna Daddy Doo.

“Our rolls all have a little background to them,” Janice said. “For instance, our Daddy Doo is named after my uncle who passed away from cancer. Every roll has a story.”

In addition to specialty rolls, Top Sushi Tomball serves other sushi dishes such as rice bowls, sashimi and nigiri. The eatery also offers a daily happy hour as well as a selection of drinks and desserts.

When the opportunity arose to open a fifth location of her cousin’s Greater Houston-area Top Sushi franchise, Janice said choosing Tomball was a no-brainer after having 10 years of restaurant experience working at Wolfies Restaurant & Sports Bar on Hwy. 249 just south of Tomball. Janice said the community showed its support from the start.

“During [our] ... grand opening, I wasn’t expecting all the customers that I had at Wolfies to be here,” Janice said. “I didn’t send out a mass invite to them; they found out through word of mouth. ... I walked in, and I literally saw every table filled with people I knew. ... I think I cried that day.”

The community support continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Andrew said, as the business adjusted to state-mandated shutdowns shortly after opening by emphasizing to-go orders.

“We were able to open fully under regular conditions for about two months—it wasn’t until March when all the to-go mandates, masks and even the shutdowns were happening,” he said. “It was a huge learning curve for us, especially being a brand-new business, ... but the community still was very supportive.”

Top Sushi Tomball

24435 Hwy. 249, Ste. 70, Tomball


Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.