Coming Soon: Kushi

A new Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant is slated to open this fall at 645 465 K St. NW in the City Vista building (at right).

Kushi Restaurant will serve sushi, regional Japanese food and Kushiyaki — skewers of meat, seafood, poultry and vegetables grilled over open flames. An open kitchen will feature grills for the Kushiyaki and a robata fire pit for grilling whole fish and large cuts of meats.

Behind the 4,000-square-foot restaurant, slated for an October opening, are Darren Lee Norris and Ari Kushimoto Norris, a husband-and-wife team. He was most recently executive chef of Ridgewells caterers in Bethesda; she's a former AOL art director and is heading up the restaurant's design.

Leading the sushi bar will be Yoshihisa Ota, chef and owner of Ginza Gakyu in Tokyo. Rounding out the Kushi team of partners is long-time Ridgewells sous chef Peter Laufer, who will be opening chef de cuisine and local artist Thom Flynn as beverage service director.