After returning to Atlanta in May 2015, the MF Sushi team is expanding the brand locally. Alex Kinjo will open two new restaurants at Alpharetta’s Avalon development: MF Bar and District 3. The ventures are part of Avalon’s Phase II, according to a Thursday announcement, and an early timeline calls for a spring 2017 debut.
MF Bar will be similar in concept to Kinjo’s Inman Park Japanese restaurant. The kitchen will produce hot and cold small plates along with sushi rolls and nigiri. At the bar, expect cocktails meant to pair with the cuisine and a “wide selection” of sake.
District 3, on the other hand, will take its influences from Vietnam. Inspired by the city of Vung Tau, Kinjo’s parents’ hometown, it will offer “modern yet authentic Vietnamese fare” for lunch and dinner.
“With the additions of MF Bar and District 3, we’re continuing Avalon’s tradition of bringing beloved in-town concepts from renowned chefs to this urbanburb,” Carla Toro, director of marketing at Avalon, said in a buzzword-laden prepared statement. “These restaurants will offer our community exciting new experiences, including a late-night sushi bar option and authentic Vietnamese cuisine.”
Three more restaurants are also in the works for Avalon Phase II: Brine Fish House, a second location for Rumi’s Kitchen, and Barleygarden Kitchen & Bar, an eatery and beer garden from the Hop City team.
Kinjo, along with his brother Chris, previously operated two MF Sushi restaurants in Atlanta, but they closed in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Now, Chris Kinjo heads up the brothers’ MF Sushi outpost in Houston.
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