Charleson-based O-Ku Sushi is closing in on a launch date. The restaurant has its liquor license and plans to officially open Thursday, December 17, a representative tells Eater Atlanta. O-Ku takes up space in the new Westside Ironworks development.
The restaurant is operated by Indigo Road Restaurant Group, the Charleston company behind Oak Steakhouse and Colletta in Avalon. Jackie Chang is on board as executive chef after working under Fuyuhiko Ito at Buckhead's Umi Sushi since 2013. The 4,000-square-foot space includes a sushi bar and rooftop seating with a view of the Midtown skyline. Interior design is modern with exposed brick and steel beams, oversized chandeliers, and wooden wall treatments.
In addition to the sushi, Chang's menu includes ishiyaki stones fukuoka steak served on a hot stone with garlic, cheese omelet, and ponzu; green eggs and hamachi hako with spicy tuna, asparagus, and wasabi tobiko; corn-coconut soup with crab, chive, and white truffle oil; and black cod red chili with balsamic red chili sauce.
O-Ku is setting up shop at 1085 Howell Mill Road. It will open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.