A squabble between two workers at a downtown sushi restaurant ended in a stabbing that left one of them dead.

Police were called to the New Generation Japanese restaurant on Bloor St. W., near Brunswick Avenue about 11 p.m. Saturday and found a 27-year-old man bleeding in the kitchen.

He was dead on arrival at hospital.

Another employee, Xu Wang, 25, was arrested at the scene. He is charged with second-degree murder and was to appear today in Old City Hall court.

Homicide Det. Sgt. Terry Brown said the victim and the accused are both Chinese nationals who came to Canada on student visas.

Wang, who is married, came to Canada in 2003 and completed studies at the University of Toronto.

The victim, whose name is being withheld until relatives in China are notified, came to Canada in 2008 and was in an arts program at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Brown said police have been able to find no history of arguments between the two.

He said a “minor” dispute began at the front of the restaurant and quickly escalated.

Police seized a sharp instrument, but won’t reveal what injuries the victim suffered until after an autopsy today.

He said both men worked in the kitchen and as servers up front.

Brown said there were several patrons in the restaurant at the time of the incident.

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