AJ McCarron clearly loved his time in Tuscaloosa, which included lots of winning football as the starting quarterback of the Crimson Tide.
And if his new venture is a success, there are likely to be many new great memories made near the home of the Crimson Tide in the years to come.
According to a report from Christina Ausley of The Crimson White, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback is set to open a sushi restaurant in downtown Tuscaloosa.
The town’s first-ever build-your-own sushi bar will be called “AJian Sushi”, and will be managed by a co-owner who reportedly has more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry.
Ausley reports that co-owner Pete Zimmer made the connection to McCarron through Cincinnati Bengals teammate Michael Johnson. She tells the story of Zimmer connecting with AJ, and pitching that the project was for him:
After visiting his son, a sophomore at The University, Zimmer became inspired to start the first build-your-own sushi restaurant in Tuscaloosa. Since then, he has remained in close contact with McCarron after running into one of AJ’s fellow Cincinnati Bengals teammates, Michael Johnson.
“I ran into Michael while I was in Cincinnati, and he was really enthusiastic about my idea for the restaurant,” Zimmer said. “So I asked if he thought AJ might be interested in co-owning the place with me, and he went on to mention it to AJ at practice. The next day I had a text from AJ that said ‘I’m in, let’s do this.’”
McCarron was not quoted in the story.
The restaurant, which will be located at 1914 University Blvd., is expected to open by June 1.