At Long Last: Sushi Downtown!

Bocho to open this fall in Downtown's John E. Carson building


The rehabbed John E. Carson building at Sixth Street and Carson Avenue

Opening a sushi restaurant Downtown has been on Le Thai owner Dan Coughlin’s to-do list for some time, especially since there is no other sushi in the area. “Honestly, when we bought Le Thai, I thought it would be the perfect space for sushi,” he says.

Not far off the mark, Coughlin will open Bocho (Japanese for “knife”) in the repurposed John E. Carson hotel at Sixth Street and Carson Avenue this fall with Jimmy and Becky Chun, former owners of Tokyo Japanese restaurant near Maryland Parkway. “It is going to be their show,” Coughlin says. “They will be the day-to-day operators.”

The two-story, 2,300-square-foot Bocho will be a traditional Japanese restaurant with standard seating upstairs and an 18-seat sushi bar downstairs. The Chuns will offer 10 to 12 rolls, as well as sashimi and appetizers. “We’re trying not to overthink it,” Coughlin says. “If you like sashimi, you will probably like this spot.”

Coughlin also plans to offer sake, soju and rare Japanese whiskeys. Guests will be able to purchase bottles and have a whiskey locker for storage in case they don’t finish—a typical feature of Japanese whiskey bars. He is considering a private karaoke room, as well. “At first we thought we should just have a karaoke stage,” Coughlin says, “but that can get kind of annoying, hearing someone dying.”