Twenty-one-year-old entrepreneur and SMU student Brandon Cohanim is on a roll — literally. The co-founder of Pok the Raw Bar, the popular West Village restaurant that blasts Kanye West while you eat extremely addicting (and healthy) poke, is opening a second restaurant later this summer, also in West Village.
Called Namo, Cohanim’s latest culinary venture will be Dallas’ first hand-roll sushi bar, a cozy 20-seat restaurant serving rolls and sashimi plates inspired by his worldly travels to places like Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market.
Japan is further referenced in Namo’s exterior design, which features Japanese sugi wood (charred to preserve the cedar) treated by an artisan in Wyoming.
Namo’s rotating menu of fresh hand rolls includes 12 options ($4 to $7.50 each), available à la carte or in orders of three, four, five, or six. The restaurant will also serve beer, wine, and sake on tap, plus a Nitro cold-brew tea.
Shortly after its debut, Namo will sell Bento boxes of four rolls and one sashimi option as to-go meals. For those of us at PaperCity Dallas HQ, mere minutes from West Village, something tells us we will soon have difficulty choosing between Pok and Namo when it comes to our lunch break…