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Uchi team opening Japanese whiskey bar Uchibā in downtown Austin

Matthew Odam
Austin 360
“We used Japanese Izakayas as an inspiration.  You recognize the core of Uchi throughout, we simply teased out and amplified certain elements for a more intimate experience," Uchi founder Tyson Cole said of his team's latest concept.

Dallas was the first city to get a taste of a Hai Hospitality concept before Austin, when the group behind Uchi opened Uchibā above Uchi Dallas in 2019. 

Austin will be get its own Uchibā when the bar opens in downtown Austin in 2022. Hai Hospitality announced Thursday that it will open the Japanese whiskey and cocktail bar in the Google Tower at 601 W. Second St. Uchibā, which translates from the Japanese as “Uchi Bar,” will serve a menu of small bites and shareable dishes in addition to its cocktail and spirits menu.

You can get a sense of what Uchibā will be serving by looking at the Dallas menu. Hai says in a  release that news about the team, opening dates, and menus will be announced in the coming months.

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