Kushi coming to City Vista

Amanda from Metrocurean is reporting that a new Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant called Kushi will lease 4,000 sf at City Vista. I too have heard that Edens and Avant had been in talks with Kushi for months.

City Peek includes the press release:

Darren Lee Norris and Ari Kushimoto Norris have signed a deal for a 4000 sq. ft. space at 645 465 K St NW in the City Vista building for a Japanese Izakaya style pub. Chef Norris was most recently Executive Chef of Ridgewells Caterers of Bethesda MD.

Kushi Restaurant” will feature Kushiyaki and sushi as well as other regional Japanese specialties with an emphasis on local, organic and sustainable products.

Center piece of the open kitchen design will be the Kushi grills, where simply seasoned skewers of meats, seafood, poultry, and vegetables are grilled over open flames, and a robata fire pit for grilling whole fish and larger cuts of meats.

At the KUSHI Sushi Bar, Sushi Chef Yoshihisa Ota, chef/owner of the highly acclaimed Tokyo restaurant Ginza Gakyu. Chef Ota is well known as a rising star in the Tokyo sushi circles and is expected to bring a fresh new direction in sushi to the Washington dining scene. The Kushi/Ginza Gakyu partnership is the first and only outpost of a Tokyo sushi restaurant in the Washington, DC area.

At the bar look for exclusive small batch sakes, shochus, and Japanese micro brew beers on tap. The restaurant will also feature several private kotatsu dining rooms and a refrigerated glass enclosed fish prep room.

I believe Kushi will occupy Bays 90, 100 & 110.

Hat Tip: Steven

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    washingtonydc says

    This is fantastic news–I love seeing this block thrive in spite of the economy. It bodes well for the future. Not too many empty bays left…

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    Anonymous says

    Congratulations to you (Darren & Peter) from a former Ridgewells co-worker and now current Restaurant Association membership & training director. Jenny

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    Anonymous says

    I prototyped their restaurant concept for over a year … After 14 months of holding their hands, helping them dodge bullets, & leading them to the water, their budget was way short & Darren gave my studio an unexpected dirty screw. Will be interesting to see what they can pull off. They lack experience & class.

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    Anonymous says

    Anonymous (above) said…

    …"Will be interesting to see what they can pull off. They lack experience & class."

    waah, waah! sounds like whoever you are, you're airing your dirty laundry (and an immature attitude). hope you're not a professional!

    looking forward to a the new restaurant!