Friday, January 28, 2011

Drunken Fish, new Power & Light sushi spot, 'very close' to opening

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

click to enlarge Drunken Fish has three locations in St. Louis, including this one.
  • Drunken Fish has three locations in St. Louis, including this one.

So just when, several Fat City readers have asked us, is the new Drunken Fish Sushi Restaurant and Lounge opening in the former Bice Bistro space in the Power & Light District?

"It's very close, just a couple of weeks away," says Allison Schiller, spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based restaurant group. (It's too early to really call the company a chain: There are three locations in St. Louis; Kansas City will be the fourth and the first outside the River City.)



Fat City's Jonathan Bender initially reported that Drunken Fish had leased the two-story Bice location last August.

When completed, it will be the largest venue in the 7-year-old restaurant group, and Schiller thinks the space -- which will be transformed to reflect what she calls the "high energy, untraditional, trendy and upscale" concept of Drunken Fish -- will be a draw for the P&L District's younger, cocktail-swilling demographic.

"We'll offer happy hour three times a day, every day," she says. "We'll have food and drink specials each day from 11 a.m. to noon, 5 to 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. until we close. We'll have select menu items at half-price."

Although sushi is the restaurant's primary draw, the menu features stir-fry dishes, soups and a dozen dinner entrees that are all, you know, cooked.

The name of the restaurant was created by owner Muksok So, who is of Korean heritage but a native of St. Louis. I asked Schiller if her boss had been eating in any Kansas City restaurants during his visits to Kansas City, preparing for the mid-February opening of Drunken Fish.

"He has, but he hasn't said too much about them," she says."Oh, except a dim sum place on the Plaza. He liked that."

Oh yeah, that place.

The Kansas City restaurant will also kick off with the new Drunken Fish drink menu: six pages of sophisticated cocktails -- martinis are a big seller at the other locations -- and a greatly expanded saki list.

"It's not just about eating sushi," Schiller says. "It's about the experience."

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