WBJ: CityVista signs new sushi eatery from Ridgewells chef

The Washington Business Journal confirms the news that Kushi is coming to City Vista:

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.

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  1. 1

    Anonymous says

    Sushi at City Vista and then at Buddha Bar in a new office building at 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW, just two block blocks and a few more from Chinatown-City Vista get really can’t you get anything better

  2. 2

    Five K says

    I’m excited about Kushi coming to City Vista but it’s a valid point that they’re going to be competing with Buddha Bar for business.

  3. 3

    Nick says

    Other than both having some sushi on the menu, I don’t think these restaurants will be anything alike.

    If you look at Buddha Bar’s NYC menu (http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/buddha-bar/), it hardly has any sushi, mainly entrees like roasted chicken breast, sea bass, and filet mignon. Sounds like Kushi will mainly be authentic Japanese.

    Plus, the atmosphere will be very different. Buddha Bar will likely be a dressy, ultra-trendy weekend nightspot whereas Kushi will be more of a casual restaurant.