Momonoki should debut later this year
John Chen and chef Jason Liang, owners of Decatur standout Brush Sushi Izakaya, are eyeing Midtown for their next venture. The duo is planning a new restaurant called Momonoki, which will set up shop as part of the ultra-luxe Modera by Mill Creek mixed-use development at 95 Eighth Street NW.
Liang says he and Chen chose the address for their second restaurant because development in Midtown is bringing more people into the neighborhood.
“Momonoki is a casual Japanese restaurant that will serve ramen, rice bowls, and small plates,” the chef tells Eater Atlanta. “Plus, a café attached to the space will have matcha drinks, high-quality coffee, Japanese-inspired desserts, and many grab-and-go options.
“The space will be simple, modern, lots of natural light, and a great-size covered patio.”
At the bar, diners can expect local craft and import beer in bottles and on tap, along with draft and bottled sake and wine. The “Momonoki” name translates to “Peachtree” in Japanese, which, obviously, is a nod to this city. Chen and Liang hope to open the restaurant in late 2017.
Brush Sushi Izakaya began service in downtown Decatur in April 2016. Since then, the restaurant has garnered two-star reviews from both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta Magazine, and it’s landed on Eater Atlanta’s list of the 38 essential local restaurants.
“The Momonoki concept aligns seamlessly with our restaurant vision for the Modera community,” Harvey Wadsworth, Mill Creek vice president of development, said in a prepared statement. “We at Mill Creek are seeking to bring a vibrant and multifaceted walkable experience to this part of Midtown, and introducing this new concept as one of our anchors puts us toward that goal in an exciting way. The Brush Sushi team is truly one of the best, most unique restaurant teams in the city — we can’t wait to welcome them to the community.”