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Sushi News #33, April 2004
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New Sushi Bars And The "And Sushi Bar" Phenomenon Continues
While I'm still waiting for Sam's Sushi to open up near E. 12th Street and Chicon, it's pretty clear that Austin has reached sushi saturation in certain key demographic areas. The latest merchandising strategy is the "and sushi bar" phenomenon. Instead of committing your new restaurant to sushi, you commit to something else (typically steak or teppanyaki) and then add a sushi bar on the side. These poser sushi establishments may fare better economically, but we don't expect they'll do well in our ratings.
First up, just a couple of blocks from Sake on Sixth and Arirang, on the ground floor of the Hilton Hotel, is the new Finn & Porter, Steaks, Seafood, and Sushi. Yes, that's right -- "and Sushi." Out in Lakeway, Pao's Mandarin House has added a sushi bar (but they still call themselves just Pao's Mandarin House). According to one Austin Sushi News reader, Pao's is Lakeway's only 7-day a week sushi bar (the other sushi bar, at Thai Spice, is only open Thursday-Saturday).
Finn & Porter, Steaks,
Seafood, and Sushi
A Taste Of Uchi
Central market Cooking School offers A Taste Of Uchi on Sunday, June 6th. A mere $50 gets you edamame, Uchiviche, Tuna Tataki and Drunken Mochi Ice Cream under the careful guidance of Uchi head chef Tyson Cole. Yummers!
Sushi Niichi has reopened after a brief hiatus, still providing the only sushi respite in the West Campus area. Meanwhile, way up at Parmer Lane and Mopac, Odaku expanded and remodeled for their grand re-opening. Odaku's manager thinks that their sushi bar is now "a good place for a dressed-up date." I hope to test that theory soon.
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