The famous Japanese restaurant Uchi in Austin in West Hollywood

Austin’s popular restaurant Uchi is opening a location in West Hollywood next year on the ground floor of Nine Thousand One, a new mixed-use residential and commercial development on Santa Monica Boulevard. Chef Tyson Cole’s contemporary take on Japanese food sparked a revival when it debuted in 2003 — a central Texas city better known for its barbecue and breakfast tacos than Japanese cooking — earning him top chef honors from Food and 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.

Uchi’s staple menu is well-known for its delightful and fun style of fusion cooking, with small Japanese cold and hot plates, sushi, sashimi, and a few omakase options. Uchi’s signature dishes like “hama chile” (yellow sashimi in ponzu) and hot stone-roasted Wagyu beef are likely to be on the Los Angeles menu. Cole’s previous culinary training included stints at Musashino Sushi Dokoro in Austin and Bond Street in New York City.

Cole credits Angelenos who have dined at Uchi over the years for sowing the idea of ​​opening an outlet in Los Angeles. Cole wrote in an email that he felt O’Shea would be “at home” in Los Angeles after visiting the city and experiencing its culture and “amazing food scene” first-hand. When Uchi West Hollywood opens next year, the dining room designed by ORA will include indoor and outdoor tables for 180 people. “We aim to make the space feel timeless and effortless,” Oonagh Ryan, founding director at ORA, wrote in an email. “It will be a place that blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and quality of lighting unique to Southern California.”

Earlier this year, Veracruz All Natural, another beloved Austin establishment, closed its Tex-Mex food truck in Koreatown, even though the Vazquez family eventually wanted their Hot Taco brand to return to Los Angeles. Although it’s too soon to know how Uchi will perform with the locals, culinary legends like Nobu Matsuhisa and Katsuya Uechi have prepared Angelenos’ tastes with their own styles of Japanese fusion for nearly four decades. In recent years, modern Japanese-influenced restaurants such as sushi roku, kabuki, and koi have found dedicated local audiences across Southland.

If anything, Cole’s previous success in bringing Uchi to other cities—he currently oversees five Uchi locations in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Denver, and Miami with the Hai Hospitality restaurant group—proves that her own approach to Japanese cooking is highly desirable. Los Angeles will have a chance to set the date of Uchi’s opening in 2023.

9001 Santa Monica Street, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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