There are details and an opening date on the new Asian restaurant opening in Victory Park from Kent and Tracy Rathbun.
Called Imōto, it represents "the Pan-Asian fruit" of their lifetime of culinary and cultural pursuits. "Pan-Asian fruit," now that is some press release writing.
Imōto, the Japanese word for "little sister," will open at 2400 Victory Park Ln. on June 7, filling a gap on the "Asian Restaurant Options in Victory Park" category that was left when Kenichi, the sushi restaurant, closed in 2017.
Imōto will be upscale, and will serve favorites from various Asian cultures in a contemporary style. There'll be sharable plates and a traditional sushi bar. Those are all the details on the menu for now.
The restaurant will also have a "flare" for the nightlife with a lounge, weekend DJ, and extensive cocktail menu. "Flare," now that is some press release spelling. We kid, we kid.
Imōto will reflect Kent's extensive travels to Thailand and Tracy's dedication to hospitality. Kent says that "everything about Imōto is geared to taking you to an exotic, cool locale."
Chef is Jennifer Newbold, previously of Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen. General Manager is Cinthia Mullenix, previously of Shinsei Restaurant. Sushi master is Jimmy Duke, previously of Nobu.
In Imōto, the Rathbuns are partnered with John Kinzer, founder of the Barley House; and John D. Harkey, Jr., who is CEO of Consolidated Restaurants.
Consolidated operates and franchises more than 100 full-service restaurants including III Forks, Prime Steakhouse, Cool River Café, Cantina Laredo, and Lucky’s Café.
Kinzer had a leadership and formative role in the creation and direction of the Del Frisco's Grille concept and was director of Del Frisco's Restaurant Group from 2009-13. He has also had oversight responsibilities for Texas Land & Cattle and Lone Star Steakhouse.
Everyone knows Kent Rathbun as founder of Abacus, Jasper's, and more, and as one of Dallas' best-known chefs. Imōto is his first solo venture since leaving the company he founded and developed, Kent Rathbun Concepts.
Tracy Rathbun co-founded the popular Shinsei near Inwood Village and has 20 years of restaurant and managerial experience.