Much like the glut of pan-Asian restaurants that came in the months preceding Imoto's opening, this new restaurant throws several Asian culinary traditions into one space while also committing to "a flare for the nightlife with a spacious lounge, weekend DJ and an extensive cocktail menu," according to a press release.
Both sushi and Thailand — wildly differing concepts — are touted in the press release, and the name Imoto is described as "the Japanese word for 'little sister.'" Other notable phrases from the release: "fun," "sexy," "new," "upscale," "cool" and "exotic." The restaurant is part of an overhaul of Victory Park's food offerings, which will include a wine bar called Burgundy Swine, a restaurant by This & That Concepts (High Fives, The Standard Pour), a bar by Brooke Humphries (Barcadia, Beauty Bar, Pints & Quarts) and "a 24,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment concept in Victory Plaza by Humphries and Elias Pope’s 8020 Hospitality" (HG Sply Co.).
This isn't Tracy Rathbun's first foray into Asian fare; she's also behind Shinsei (as well as nearby restaurant Lover's Seafood), but this is Kent Rathbun's "first solo venture since leaving the company he founded and developed, Kent Rathbun Concepts (Abacus, Jaspers, Hickory, White Tail Bistro and Kent Rathbun Catering) in 2016," according to the release. Kent Rathbun's departure from the restaurant group later led to a nasty legal battle with his former business partners that has since been resolved.
Imoto opens next month at 2400 Victory Park Lane.