A new Japanese sushi restaurant will open near Pearl


Nineteen Hyaku will occupy 5,000 square feet on the ground floor of the new tower at 1900 Broadway. The name is a nod to both the building’s address and the restaurant’s mission. “Hyaku” means “one hundred” in Japanese, and Nineteen Hyaku owners Emily and Houston Carpenter of Carpenter Carpenter Hospitality said they intend to blend Western hospitality with Japanese sushi culture, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.

With an opening date scheduled for July 2023, Nineteen Hyaku will focus on nigiri, sashimi and the chef-curated multi-course sushi tasting experience called omakase, Houston Carpenter said. The menu will also include sushi rolls and hot dishes from a robatayaki grill featuring premium proteins grilled over Japanese charcoal, he said.

They haven’t hired an executive chef yet, Carpenter said, but the search is being facilitated by Up Scale sushi chef Ruben Pantaleón.

The restaurant’s beverage program will include cocktails, beer and wine with the Japanese twist of a specialty sake list curated like a wine list, Carpenter said.

A rendering by Crystal Sinclair Design shows a sleek, minimalist setting with 25-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling sheer white draperies that still let in natural light from massive windows, a large central chandelier, warm woods, upholstered fabrics navy blue furnishings and marble countertops. The carpenters company is handling the construction which will have an indoor mezzanine for private dining and terrace seating which will increase the capacity of the restaurant to over 100 seats.

For the Carpenters, the idea of ​​opening a sushi bar in their hometown followed a familiar path. Just as their trips to oyster bars here and abroad gave birth to Little Em’s, what they call “sushi bar hopping” galvanized their idea to open Nineteen Hyaku.

“Why isn’t there an Uchi here, or Nobu?” Houston Carpenter asked, referring to sushi restaurants in Austin and New York, respectively. “We are in an age where sushi rotates at will,” he said. “We are thrilled to present a refined sushi concept.”

The ad is a breath of fresh air for a desperately needed sushi scene. A few local favorites like Sushihana and Sushishima provide a mid-level sushi experience here. Sushi on par with national hotspots like San Francisco and San Diego was only introduced last year when Shiro Japanese Bistro opened, immediately soaring to the top and earning a four-star review from the Express. -News with West Coast-style sushi, rolls and sashimi from San Diego chef Gray Hwang.

In addition to Little Em’s, Up Scale and Nineteen Hyaku, the Carpenters have two other San Antonio restaurant projects underway. Their southern-inspired restaurant Claudine in the Government Hill neighborhood is set to open in October, and casual cafe and seafood counter Go Fish Market is coming to the Tobin Hill neighborhood in December.

Nineteen Hyaku, 1900 Broadway in the Jefferson Bank Tower, Instagram: @nineteenhyaku

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