CoBo Sushi rolls downtown
East meets West at CoBo Sushi Bistro and Bar in Boone, where
Asian cuisine is given a Southern twist in a casual, yet subtly upscale environment.
The bar and sushi combo held a soft opening this past weekend and was met with a positive reception in the downtown area, which is already teeming with an ample selection of fine dining and top-shelf nightlife experiences.
“It went really well,” owner Joseph Miller said. “We were pretty busy.”
The concept restaurant, which is located at 161 Howard St., came as the result of Miller’s experience in his hometown of Boone and time living in the great West.
Following his graduation from Appalachian State University, Miller headed west to Steamboat Springs, Colo., where he landed a job at a sushi restaurant and befriended a pair of coworkers, Jordan West and Mike DeCoske, who shared a common vision of a new type of restaurant.
The idea for CoBo was born.
“When Boone got liquor, we felt like it needed another choice for sushi,” Miller said. “I had the idea for this place, and they were totally into it. We felt that Boone had a need for this, a place for locals to hang out. We wanted to give back to Boone.”
Taking the best of both worlds, CoBo, which is a play on words with Colorado and Boone, the sushi bar is nonexclusive and will offer both fine dining and a nightlife experience for college students and young professionals.
“We offer top-notch sushi selections that cater more to the area … Southern fried sushi with a modern spin,” Miller said. “So far, the response to the food has been amazing.”
Miller hopes the food will complement the feel he has envisioned for the restaurant.
“We are trying to promote a very casual atmosphere, but also a late-night bar that is open to everyone,” he said. “It’s not like a martini bar, but definitely different than (neighboring businesses) Char or Paolucci’s. We will still have cheap beer all the way to the top-shelf stuff. Eventually, we will have live music.”
The restaurant’s bartending duo also goes to great lengths to ensure speedy service and quality beverages for patrons. “We only offer fresh juices and even have a mixologist,” Miller said.
Miller said he has also remained true to his locally centered mentality by incorporating talents from high school friends Priscilla Hyatt, the building’s designer, and builder Joe Hempfling of Titan Construction.
The fusion-style bar and restaurant is essentially geared toward featuring splashes of life in both the Appalachian and Rocky mountains.
“This place is focused on mountain lifestyle,” Miller said. “The place in Colorado was very similar to this place, and we wanted something that appeals to college kids, families and young professionals. Everyone is welcome.”
While the sushi bar is still in its early stages, Mille already has expansion on his mind. “We want to develop the concept and open another one in North Carolina down the road,” he said.
CoBo Sushi is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 5 p.m. until late, and Thursday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.
For more information, visit http://www.cobosushi.com or search for it on Facebook.
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