The team behind a popular sushi restaurant in Northwest Austin is expanding its reach south. The family that owns Soto has taken over the former Cantine space in the Lamar Union complex that is home to the Alamo Drafthouse (1100 S.Lamar Blvd. ) and plans to open their second restaurant in the next three months or so.
The team is led by chef Andy Okamoto, whose resume includes time at Morimoto in Philadelphia. Management says it has not decided on a name for the restaurant, and that diners can expect some major menu changes (approximately percent of the menu will stay the same) at the new location. When the proximity of South Austin stalwart Uchi was mentioned, the general manager for Soto said chef Okamoto was excited by the chance to go head-to-head with the powerhouse. The Okamoto family opened Soto on Pecan Boulevard in Cedar Park in 2013.
Cantine, the Italian restaurant from the Emmett and Lisa Fox (Asti) closed in May after two years in business.