Chef Ota opened his first US restaurant in Bethesda, which is a Japanese style restaurant versus a purely sushi establishment. Although, Yuzu was well-received and a popular place to eat. He still dreamed of opening a restaurant concept focused on specific on his training as a sushi chef.
“I wanted a restaurant by the White House, in the middle of a very popular area of DC, so that I could cater to a larger international audience. I want people to experience my sushi concept, special offerings and unique menus showcasing sushi as it is in Japan.” – Chef Ota