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Meet Danielle Summerville of Harney Sushi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Summerville.

Danielle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Dustin Summerville (my husband) is the founder of Harney Sushi. His humble beginnings started in his kitchen in Mission Beach. His best friend at the time was a trained sushi chef and taught him how to make sushi in their kitchen at their beach house. They started by throwing parties for their friends. That developed into a catering career.

Dustin and his old business partner then started the first sushi bar in Balboa Park, in the Japanese gardens. This is where I jumped into the business. We worked together, Dustin in the back of the house, and I was in the front. We soon discovered how hard it was to make money without having the ability to also sell alcohol.

We searched for a restaurant location and landed in Old Town San Diego, (which is just down the street from my Grandmother) and was 17 years ago. I am a 6th generation San Diegan and have strong roots in Old Town. My mother and grandmother had a shop many years ago in Old Town and lived upstairs. After about 2 years of business at Harney Sushi Old Town, we expanded the restaurant to next door and made it twice the size. At this time we had the honor of partnering up with our dear friend Kirk Harrison. He brought fining dining experience and sophistication to the restaurant.

Our office is above the restaurant and my Mother in Law is the CFO. Harney Sushi Oceanside was a huge labor of love that opened 10 years ago on July 9th. We designed the restaurant from top to bottom and took it from an empty box to a beautiful million dollar build out. Today I still work on the floor as a waitress a few nights a week, and Dustin works in the office running the show behind the scenes. The restaurants, (although extremely stressful) have provided a beautiful life for my family. We love them dearly and are very proud of what we have accomplished. 🙂

Has it been a smooth road?
It is never a smooth road in the restaurant business. It is unpredictable at every turn, There is always something that needs fixing, an employee that has an issue, and the constant struggle to keep sales up and reviews positive.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I work in the front of the house and help train floor managers and staff. I have knowledge of beer, wine and sake. I also do the social media, marketing and maintain supplies needed to keep the ship afloat.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
San Diego has high rent, so if you’re going to do it, you have to do it well. People expect delicious food and excellent service

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3964 Harney St San Diego 92110
    301 mission ave Oceanside
  • Website: harneysushi.com
  • Phone: 619.295.3272
  • Email: danielle@harneysushi.com

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