Uchi Expands

Uchi empire expands with first location outside of Texas

Uchi empire expands with first location outside of Texas

Uchi sushi
Welcome to Colorado, Uchi. Photo by Logan Crable

An Austin empire is expanding with its first location outside of Texas: Hai Hospitality is bringing Uchi, Austin's most famous sushi restaurant, to Denver next year.

The new location is scheduled to open in a hip real estate development, S*Park, in Denver's popular Curtis Park neighborhood by 2018. Similar to Uchi's locations in Houston and Dallas, the menu will highlight chef-owner Tyson Cole's best creations from Uchi and Uchiko, ranging from sushi bites to shareable tempura.

"We are excited to open Uchi in such an energetic city with its vibrant culture and evolving food scene," said Cole in a statement. "We are always exploring new avenues to expand how we connect with food and the community."

The restaurant will be designed by Denver-based tres birds workshop, but local architect Michael Hsu, who had in hand in the other Uchi locations, will serve as a consultant. The space will make use of  S*Park's sweet perks, including a greenhouse and a community garden.

"Uchi's proximity to the greenhouse space above the restaurant and the community garden at S*Park presents an amazing opportunity. We fly in fish daily from around the world but relish the chance to work with local farmers," said Cole.

Hai Hospitality is keeping busy. In addition to opening the new Uchi outpost, the seventh restaurant under the Hai umbrella, the team is working on a brand-new concept in Austin. Loro is a casual Asian smokehouse opening later this year on South Lamar Boulevard.

The company currently operates three Uchi locations, plus Uchiko in Austin and Top Knot in Dallas. The group's first foray outside Asian cuisine, Austin's St. Philip Pizza Parlor, abruptly closed in 2015.