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Lucky Robot introducing Japanese-inspired cherry blossom installation

Megan Menchaca
Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen on South Congress Avenue will be taken over by cherry blossoms March 7-May 6. [Photo courtesy Lucky Robot]

Move over, Washington, D.C., and Japan. Cherry blossoms are finally coming to Austin.

Lucky Robot, a casual Japanese restaurant on South Congress Avenue, is bringing a pop-up installation of cherry blossoms to Austin just before South by Southwest begins. Inspired by the canopies of flowers throughout Japan, the pop-up will feature nearly 500 pounds of artificial blooms strung through the restaurant’s interior and patio.

Restaurant owner Adam Weisberg said he planned the showcase, which opens March 7, because he wanted to pay homage to Austin’s artistic roots, along with the beauty and mystique surrounding the cherry blossom.

"I was in Tokyo ten years ago and got to experience cherry blossoms in full bloom," Weisberg said in a press release. "People celebrating, practicing 'Hanami,' picnicking under blooming trees with casks of saké with family and friends. It was one of the most special days of my life, and I wanted to bring this experience home to Austin."

Along with the sights of cherry blossoms throughout restaurant, customers will also get to enjoy a cherry blossom-themed menu until the installation ends on May 6. Proceeds will go to The Trail Foundation, dedicated to dedicated to improving the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Correction: This story has been updated to remove a reference to fresh cherry blossoms.