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Austin’s famed Uchi Japanese restaurant is coming to West Hollywood

Austin’s famous restaurant Uchi is opening a West Hollywood location next year on the ground floor of the nine thousand one building, a brand new mixed-use commercial and residential project on Santa Monica Boulevard. Chef Tyson Cole’s contemporary take on Japanese cuisine caused a stir when it debuted in 2003 – in a central Texas town better known for its barbecue and breakfast tacos than Japanese cuisine – which has earned the honors of the best chef of Food & Wine in 2005 and the James Beard Foundation in 2011. Now, nearly 20 years later, the chef hopes to bring his winning restaurant to Los Angeles.

Known for its whimsical yet playful style of fusion cuisine, Uchi’s core menu consists of Japanese-inspired hot and cold small plates, sushi, sashimi, and a few omakase options. The Los Angeles menu will likely include Uchi’s signature dishes like “hama chile” (yellowtail sashimi in ponzu) and hot stone pan-fried wagyu beef. Cole’s previous culinary training included stints at Musashino Sushi Dokoro in Austin and Bond Street in New York.

Cole thanks Angelenos who have dined at Uchi over the years for seeding the idea of ​​opening an outlet in Los Angeles. Cole writes in an email that he felt Uchi would be “home” in Los Angeles after touring the city and experiencing its culture and “incredible food scene”. When Uchi West Hollywood opens next year, the ORA-the designed dining room will include indoor and outdoor tables to accommodate 180 guests. “We aim for the space to feel timeless and effortless,” ORA founding director Oonagh Ryan wrote in an email. “It will be a space that blurs the line between indoors and outdoors, taking advantage of the weather and the beautiful quality of light unique to Southern California.”

Earlier this year, Veracruz All Natural, another beloved Austin institution, closed its Tex-Mex food truck in Koreatown, though the Vazquez family would eventually like their Hot Taco brand to return to Los Angeles. While it’s too early to tell how Uchi will fare with locals, culinary legends like Nobu Matsuhisa and Katsuya Uechi have been preparing the palates of Angelenos with their respective styles of Japanese fusion for nearly four decades. In recent years, modern Japanese-influenced restaurants like Sushi Roku, Kabuki and Koi have found a devoted local following across Southland.

If anything, Cole’s past success has taken Uchi to other cities – he currently oversees five Uchi locations in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Denver and Miami with Hai Hospitality restaurant group — proves that its particular approach to Japanese cuisine is highly sought after. Los Angeles will have its chance to decide when Uchi opens in 2023.

9001 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069