There were many reasons to take the leap and try to open a sister restaurant to Uchi, and one of them was to meet the demand of many requests for reservations and bookings for larger tables/parties. With Uchi being limited space and a walk-in based restaurant, there just isn’t the space or ability to take reservations for larger type parties; about the biggest we can handle at Uchi is a 12 top…and even that’s pushing it.
So, going into Uchiko we wanted to make sure and provide a PDR (private dining room) to meet these requests. We went back and forth for months on the design of how we wanted it to be. So many options! How “open” would it be? How “private” could it become? How would we server it during service? What if more than one party was requested on a given night/holiday?
With all these questions in mind, we came upon this: a PDR in the back of Uchiko that has the ability to split into 2 rooms if necessary, with a glass wall somewhat separating it from the dining room….but that could also be left open if we wanted to seat the PDR just as extra seating if need be too.
The last thing we came up with is based on an idea i had from a chef friend of mine’s place in Dallas named “Stephen Pyles”. There he had the whole resto build around the dining room, and there’s on PDR there that has a window in it that opens up into their back pantry kitchen. He uses this access to serve food directly, demo for parties and teach cooking classes. I thought it was a brilliant idea and took it upon myself to carve a similar type window into our PDR at Uchiko; seen left. The window here will be covered with a gorgeous brass door, and we’ll open it up for private parties/events, and i can’t wait to teach a few classes through it too!
*by the way, the “tiles” surrounding the door and covering the back wall are made from kiln dried pecan, that is reclaimed from a single tree that once lived off of Barton Springs rd here in town.