The cucumber wrapped sashimi is typical of TEN Sushi's blended cuisine. (Photo by Kirsten Gilliam)
John Reed and Leslie Nguyen of Bosscat Kitchen
TEN Sushi's signature Forbidden Roll with black rice is one of the new Houston restaurant's notable dishes. (Photo by Kirsten Gilliam)
TEN Sushi also brings craft cocktails, including this Lychee Rose concoction. (Photo by Kirsten Gilliam)
A greater River Oaks block is slowly becoming its own food land. BCK Management, the group behind Bosscat Kitchen, is opening a new restaurant right across the street from that whiskey haven. TEN Sushi & Cocktail Bar will be Bosscat’s new neighbor and sister restaurant starting next year.
This new Westheimer restaurant will be TEN sushi’s second location. The original sushi bar opened in Orange County, California back in 2008.
“We had always intended on growing both concepts,” BCK Management CEO and co-founder John Reed tells PaperCity. “I don’t know if we had anticipated growing it as quickly, especially during a pandemic. However the success that we have had not only in Houston, but in the River Oaks/Afton Oaks area was a big consideration and when 200 Park Place began to be built next door to Bosscat we saw a lot of synergy.”
Another benefit that comes from the familiar location is that Reed and his business partner Leslie Nguyen already understand the clientele.
“We know the neighborhood and it expedited our decision to bring TEN to Houston,” Reed says. “That was the primary factor. It just made so much sense because it’s literally across the street. We have a core group of residents that are huge supporters of ours so we saw an opportunity to move quicker.”
Bosccat and the upcoming sushi restaurant have plenty of company around the 200 Park Place tower. Stonelake Partner’s luxury high-rises The Ivy and The James also share the block. Bosscat operates private bars for the residents of those buildings. Now, TEN sushi brings something new.
West Coast will meet Gulf Coast at TEN. Expect a high-end West Coast feel and energy with late night hours.
TEN sushi’s cuisine is Pan-Asian and it touches on multiple food cultures — from Japanese to Chinese, Korean and even a bit of Thai. Known for its creative sushi rolls, TEN is led by sushi chef Toshi Miura and BCK management chef Peter Petro.
Signature black rice rolls and handcrafted cocktails are just a few of the things on tap for the new Houston restaurant.
“We see an opportunity to do something that a lot of people aren’t right now,” Reed says. “There are people that are really into specific verticals. Chinese specifically. Or Japanese specifically. But our menu is going to blend three or four different cultures.”
TEN is expected to open in the spring of 2022. Sushi and good neighbors. What more could you ask for?