It’s been a few months since Fuyuhiko Ito‘s plans to open a Buckhead sushi bar started to leak out. Now, it appears things are finally starting to come together. The restaurant has been branded Umi, which is the phonetic equivalent of the Japanese word for sea. Seems appropriate. The restaurant just launched a facebook page and it’s replete with construction images. The restaurant is located at 3050 Peachtree Road in Two Buckhead Plaza, which is right in the midst of Chops/Lobster Bar and the St. Regis (amongst other tenants).
It’s one of the restaurants I’m most anxious to see open. Both Ito-san and his wife Lisa previously worked at the now defunct MF Sushi Bar. Ito was one of the chefs while Lisa deftly executed the restaurant’s excellent Japanese desserts. She also showed off her skills as head of service in the fancy pants Omakase room at MF.
While the restaurant hasn’t officially said what the opening date is, they are shooting for March 1, 2013. My peeps tell me that date is more or less in play. If there are delays, it might be a result of licensing and such as opposed to construction stalls.