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Uptown’s Top Knot Will Shutter to Make Way For Uchiba

The restaurant switcheroo is expected to take about two weeks

Kathy Tran
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Top Knot, the casual Japanese eatery that’s situated atop Uchi in Uptown, will close its doors this weekend to make way for a brand new restaurant.

After its last brunch service, Top Knot will transform into Uchiba, a new spot that will focus more on being a pre-dinner bar than a standalone dining destination. ”We’ve noticed how our guests love to meet at the bar at Uchi, have drinks and share a few small dishes,” Uchi owner Tyson Cole said in a statement. “My recent travels to Japan inspired me to explore some new possibilities with a bar concept that incorporates elements of Uchi yet expands that into cocktail experience.

Top Knot chef Alex Astranti will stay in the kitchen at Uchiba, where he’ll oversee a full sushi bar, yakitori grill, and a menu of classic dishes from Uchi. The restaurant’s Uncommon Ramen pop-ups, which has hosted the likes of Aaron Franklin and John Tesar, will continue, as will the restaurant’s weekend brunch service. A sake-focused happy hour will launch soon after the restaurant makes its debut.

Top Knot will serve its last dishes during brunch on Sunday, January 14. The restaurant is expected to reopen as Uchiba on January 31.