A popular sushi restaurant in Knoxville is expanding west, and it's just a small part of a bigger picture.

According to our partners at the Tennessean, Nama Sushi Bar will open its first franchise location in Nashville.

There are currently two in Knoxville - one downtown and one in Bearden. Middle Tennessee's first location will open in Midtown Nashville.

The Tennessean says the chief manager of Nama plans to open several locations in the area over the next few years.