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Chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota next’s project, Sushi Gakyu, is coming to downtown D.C. (1420 New York Ave. NW) by the end of the year. It’s a nod to his first restaurant in Japan. Back when Ota was in his early 30’s, he opened Ginza Gakyu in Tokyo’s prestigious Ginza neighborhood.

The chef with 30 years of experience in Japanese cuisine is behind Yuzu Japanese Dining in Bethesda. He was also one of the founders of the now shuttered Kushi Izakaya and once served as the sake sommelier at Sushiko in Chevy Chase.

At Sushi Gakyu, “We’re serving traditional and modern sushi, sashimi, and varieties of Japanese fish menus,” Ota says. “Also customers can enjoy an Edomae Ginza-style chef’s table.” 

There’s always a chance D.C. diners could see some fugu (blowfish) as Ota is one of the few chefs in the city who has a license to handle the poisonous fish. 

Sushi Gakyu will seat 67, with 24 more seats outside. 

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