Here's some news guaranteed to shake you out of those summer doldrums: master sushi chef Chris Kinjo announced today on Twitter that MF Sushi will reopen tonight in the Museum District, nine months after closing the doors at its original location near the Galleria.
First, a quick timeline: Kinjo and his brother Alex originally opened a Houston outpost of their Atlanta-based sushi empire to much acclaim in December 2012. A devastating fire forced the closure of that Galleria-area location in September 2013, but the doors were back open again by May 2014, at which point our own Robb Walsh—among other area food critics—lavished praise on the revived restaurant, calling Chris Kinjo a "sushi genius" of the highest caliber. And then, five months later, right around the same time as Houstonia named MF Sushi one of the five best new restaurants of 2014, it closed again, this time due to more mysterious circumstances.
Since last October, Chris Kinjo has been hard at work on opening a revamped version of MF Sushi, this time in the Museum District. He's also been busy hosting omakase dinners at Kaneyama, where he's keeping his skills and knives sharp—and, not coincidentally, keeping fans abreast of his plans at the new spot. Omakase dinners may take time to return to the brand-new MF Sushi, however, as the restaurant pointed out on its Facebook page:
Since it is just a soft opening, Omakase will not be available for at least 2 to 3 weeks. Sorry for the delay, but we just want to make sure everything is perfect for Chris Kinjo's return. We will keep everyone updated every step of the way.
If credentials mean anything, the design of the new space should be every bit as impressive as Kinjo's sushi: local design firm MC2 Architects, best known for the James Beard Award nomination it received in 2013 for its interior design work at Triniti, was commissioned to make the dining room here as beautiful—if not moreso—than its predecessor. And though it's tempting to drop by for a visit, we recommend making a reservation to ensure you'll actually get to eat instead of just gawk at the pretty new space. MF Sushi encourages the same, asking diners to email [email protected] or call 713-637-4587 to book their seat.
MF Sushi, 1401 Binz St., Ste. 100, 713-637-4587, mfsushiusa.com