In January 2013, Boone will have another option when it comes
Blowing Rock native and Appalachian State University alumnus Joseph Miller is looking forward to opening downtown Boone's first sushi restaurant in more than a decade, CoBo.
CoBo is going to be a different kind of sushi restaurant, what Miller calls a “sushi bistro.” This bistro will feature a sushi bar, along with entrees prepared in the small kitchen. To ensure all guests’ needs are met, Miller will include wings, steaks and duck entrees on CoBo's menu.
CoBo will have a modern rustic look inside the restaurant. This includes cultured stone, tabletops with tree bark edging and small tables made from tree stumps in the lounge and waiting area. The restaurant will be lit with sconces, chandeliers and tea lights. CoBo will feature a full bar, including liquor and premium sake.
Miller's goal for CoBo is to attract locals, tourists and college students. The wait staff will be dressed casually, which Miller hopes will make guests feel comfortable to wear what they want while dining. “I want people to be able to walk in wearing ski clothes or flip-flops,” Miller said.
CoBo is not a Japanese word; the only thing Japanese about the restaurant is the sushi. After graduating in 2007, Miller moved to Colorado for five years. While working in sushi restaurants, Miller met Mike DeCoske and partnered up to open CoBo.
“I spent a lot of time in Colorado as a kid, skiing,” Miller said. “And Boone is special to me. So I combined the first two letters of each and got CoBo.”
CoBo will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 4 p.m. till 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Miller plans to be open for lunch within a year of opening. CoBo will feature a sushi happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and a second sushi happy hour will run from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The late-night crowd will be restricted to patrons 21 and older. The front waiting area will serve as a lounge for late-night guests.
Local artists will have the opportunity to see their artwork featured on CoBo's walls. Any artwork will also be for sale. Miller has hired local and regional construction and design firms, adding that he feels strongly about giving back to his local community. Construction for CoBo will be completed by Titan Construction. The interior design will be handled by Dianne Davant & Associates.
CoBo is located at 161 Howard St. in downtown Boone. Parking is available across Howard Street in the lot for Wilcox Emporium lot, which includes parking for Café Portofino, Char and Cha-Da Thai. Miller, along with other business owners on Howard Street, said he’s hoping to revitalize that area of downtown Boone with their restaurants.
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