Japanese restaurant

Japanese restaurant Uchi opens occasional spin-off Uchiba in downtown Austin

Austin-based premium Japanese restaurant mini-chain Uchi is opening a second location of its more casual Uchiba spin-off in the city. It is slated to open at 601 West Second Street in downtown Austin in fall 2022.

Like Dallas’ original restaurant and bar, the Austin Uchiba will serve yakitori and other smaller bites, which could likely include bao, dumplings, desserts, and, yes, sushi.. The drinks menu will include cocktails, Japanese whiskey, as well as sake, beer and wine. It is also fair to expect a good happy hour.

Uchiba Austin’s future home will be in the next Block 185 building in downtown Austin. The high-rise, curved office structure currently under construction is also known as the Google Tower, as the web company leased the entire building. The new space will be designed by architectural firm Sanders and interior designer Sarita Posada, as well as Hai’s in-house studio.

In Dallas, parent company Hai Hospitality (then known as Uchi Restaurant Group) transformed its casual Top Knot restaurant above Uchi into Uchiba in 2018.

Hai chef and co-owner Tyson Cole opened Uchi in 2003, which has become a veritable new-school sushi institution in the city, and for which he co-won a James Beard Award in 2011. Hai Hospitality also operates other Uchi sites (Houston, Dallas, Denver, Miami), also-Uchi-spin-off Uchiko (Austin, next Houston next year), and Asian smokehouse Loro with pitmaster Aaron Franklin (Austin, Dallas). The catering group was formed in 2015.