Kyoten Sushiko, the seemingly shuttered Japanese restaurant from expert sushi chef Otto Phan, will finally reopen this year in early May on 4600 Mueller Boulevard in the Mueller neighborhood, as reported by Austin 360. Leading the revamped restaurant will be chef Sarah Cook.
Kyoten Sushiko owner Otto Phan has been training Cook at his Chicago restaurant of the nearly same name (Kyoten). The omakase menu will remain at the same price of $150. The space has been updated as well, probably to address the stark look of the restaurant. Cook, who is from Houston, has spent time at Lenoir, Sway, and Kuneho
Phan left Austin to open another restaurant in Chicago because he wanted to get recognition from Michelin in the form of stars. He believed it would be impossible to achieve that in Austin, but easier in Chicago since it’s already “a Michelin-starred marketplace.”
In order to do that, Phan announced his last dinner at the restaurant last July but noted that a new chef would take over the space. However, the restaurant remained closed for a while without any updates until now.
Phan’s Chicago restaurant, the eight-seat restaurant with a $220 omakase, opened in August 2018 to rave reviews. It even made the James Beard Foundation Awards’ long list this year in the best new restaurant category.
Phan began Kyoten as a trailer on East 6th Street in 2014, which closed as he opened the brick-and-mortar restaurant debuting with an omakase dinner menu and expanded with casual lunch later that year in 2016.
- Standout Kyoten Sushiko at Mueller will reopen in May [Austin 360]
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