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Uchi is opening another restaurant in Austin with a different concept, a new chef and lower prices

Uchi is opening another restaurant in Austin with a different concept, a new chef and lower prices

For the first time since 2010, Tyson Cole and the brilliant culinary powers behind Uchi are planning a new restaurant concept.

There's no name and no confirmed location but director of culinary operations Philip Speer describes the forthcoming Austin restaurant as "something more casual" with a lower price point.

"It's something Austin's never seen," Speer says, "kinda different and cool."

Confirming the news, Cole adds that the new restaurant will be a fast-casual Southeast Asian kitchen.

 "It's something Austin's never seen," Speer says, "kinda different and cool." 

At the helm of the new restaurant will be Jack Yoss, a recent addition to the Uchi family. Yoss got his culinary start at Chinois in Las Vegas and caught the attention of owner Wolfgang Puck. Moving to Puck's Postrio restaurant in San Francisco, Yoss rose to chef de cuisine before garnering executive chef stints at NineThirty in Los Angeles and Portland's late Ten 01.

After traveling around the country and the globe, Yoss has spent the last couple years in the kitchen of the W Retreat & Spa on the Indonesian island of Bali, so he's bringing some of the Southeast Asian flavors he's been playing with into his new job.

The original Uchi was in 2003, followed by Uchiko in 2010 and Uchi Houston in early 2012. This will be the second new restaurant for Uchi this year, with the company confirming rumors in September that an Uchi Dallas is imminent.

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Jack Yoss, who recently spent time cooking in Bali, has been tapped to helm Uchi's new, more casual concept.
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