The concept comes from chef Darren Norris, who worked with retail real estate broker Tom Papadopoulos to secure a 4,000-square-foot location at 465 K St. NW, as part of the City Vista development. The new eatery will be named Kushi.
Norris, who has spent 25 years as a chef, most recently as executive chef for Ridgewells Caterers, is teaming up with partner Yoshihisa Ota, a well-known Tokyo chef. Ota, who will replace himself at his restaurant Ginza Gakyu, will provide a direct connection to Tokyo’s fish market.
Norris was inspired to open a Japanese restaurant partly because his wife, designer Ari Kushimoto, is Japanese. Izakayas have become trendy recently in Los Angeles and New York.