Other Mama’s Dan Krohmer finally unveils the first of two new restaurants he plans to open in Ferguson Downtown, the former hotel that’s being converted into shopping and restaurants. The Japanese robata-style Hatsumi marks the first, with a menu based on Krohmer’s travels to Japan.
Chef de cuisine Bobby Silva — who worked at Mina Group, SushiSamba at the Grand Canal Shoppes, and Momofuku at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas — came on board to manage kitchen operations at Hatsumi.
Krohmer found inspiration from traditional omotenashi-style hospitality that invokes the “subliminal happiness” one might have found at a 1980s hotel lobby bar in Tokyo. The restaurant features robata izakaya dining with a yakitori bar, responsibly sourced seafood, beer and wine lists, and a full bar with a cocktail menu that boasts the largest sake program downtown.
Initially, the restaurant is reservations only for dinner, with lunch on the way later.
Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project originally bought the space for $5 million in December 2012, initially planning to add three separate taverns with outdoor seating plus a fourth restaurant, imagined to be coffee shop. Over time, the shifting concept has also floated the idea of building a retro Las Vegas-themed tavern in the former front desk under the shadow of the motel’s neon sign.
Hatsumi, Fergusons Downtown, 1028 Fremont St., 702-268-8939. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.