So we had a dilemma: A much larger Japanese yakitori was going to be necessary for Uchiko and all of the menu items we have planned for it including daily grilled seasonal bass. Off the shelf varieties from Japan are seriously expensive and there’s a little trepidation to in ordering something for that much money that you’ve never seen or touched. We started to brainstorm and explore other options and ended up talking to the company that is also making our sign for Uchiko: Ion Art. They were readily accepting of the challenge and after giving them all of the various dimensions and specifics they went to work. Ion Art has incredible facilities and talented people here in Austin: highly recommended.
The yakitori grill is very close to completion. It gives us the ability to use more surface area or less,depending on the amount of Japanese “binchotan” compressed oak charcoal we need per night. The adjustable vents on the bottom control air flow and heat levels. Custom ceramic tiles will be placed on the inside interior to control heat as well. I can’t wait to get this thing in the space and cooking!
First round of interviews for Uchiko starting next week. Things are ramping up quick and opening day will be here before we know it. Exciting!