But the newly-opened Gung Ho and the soon-to-open Fine China aim to fill a different niche, with high-powered executive chefs Kirstyn Brewer and Angela Hernandez acting as latter versions of Danny Bowien of New York’s Mission Chinese. These restaurants are not, like Manhattan’s Chinese Tuxedo, located on a street in the heart of an historic Chinatown. They are, instead, plunked down in the middle of some of the what might be seen as some unlikely locales, Lowest Greenville and the redesigned Statler Hotel downtown. If they’re a comment, they could be read as a comment on mixity.
We can add another similar restaurant to the list.
Kent and Tracy Rathbun will open Imōto, their new Pan-Asian concept, in Victory Park on June 7. According to the release:
Imōto is an upscale dining experience, serving favorites from various Asian cultures in a contemporary style, with sharable plates and a traditional sushi bar. Imōto also has a flare for the nightlife with a spacious lounge, weekend DJ and an extensive cocktail menu sure to jump-start the revived Victory Park District vibe.
Imōto is more than a culmination of Kent and Tracy’s groundbreaking generation in the restaurant business. It’s a passion borne also of Kent’s extensive travels to Thailand and Tracy’s dedication to hospitality.
“Imōto is going to make you feel like you’re somewhere that you’ve never been,” says Kent. “It takes you to a different place. Everything about Imōto is geared to taking you to an exotic, cool locale.”
Here’s a peek inside via renderings:
Imōto is located at 2400 Victory Park Ln.