This December, the Star in Frisco, the area’s premiere sports and entertainment district, will welcome its newest addition, Sushi Marquee. The fun-loving Japanese inspired concept combines great food and inventive cocktails with a lively, interactive environment that’s unlike anything else in DFW.
Sushi Marquee is the newest concept from the restaurant group Crafted Bar Concepts (CBC) which houses other restaurants/bars including shellfish sensation Shell Shack, Back 9 and Shakertins. The Sushi Marquee “dream team” is comprised of industry veterans Dallas Hale and Matt Saba (owners of Shell Shack and Back 9), Brad Hawkins (owner of Shakertins and Chopshop Sports Garage), Anthony Morel (co-owner of Shakertins and award-winning cocktail crafter) and General Manager James Hamous (a.k.a Skinny), who’s a partner in High Fives and The Standard Pour.
In the kitchen, you’ll find Executive Chef Johnnie Walker. The accomplished CIA graduate has been in the culinary field for more than 15 years, and worked in South Florida, Pittsburg and Austin before relocating to Dallas several years ago. The Sushi Marquee menu is a culinary collaboration with well-known local chef, Patrick Stark, and Executive Sushi Chef Gabriel Reyes who brings his experience from Ra Sushi, Bluefish and Jinbeh to the table. Together they’re aiming to create fun, unique, and eye-catching food with their own personal spin on Japanese classics.
The menu is filled with sushi, sashimi, creative specialty rolls, shareable platters and unique entrees. Standouts include: Tempura Avocado Bombs, Glazed Lamb Lollipops, locally sourced Texas Wagyu Filet, Marquee Lobster Tail, Sea Bass, Octopus Salad, and sushi offerings like the Happy Wife, Happy Life Roll. Lunch is geared toward the busy professional, with a “Power Lunch” menu that guarantees to get daytime diners in and out quick, offering build-your-own poke bowls, sushi wraps and ramen.
The cocktail program will be second to none with execution that matches the precision of the cuisine. Featuring house-made bitters and tonics, flavored ice cubes, and one of a kind “wow factor” garnishes and presentations, don’t miss the Watermelon Ginger Margarita, Liquid Nitrogen Frozen Sake Daiquiri, the Wasabi Mariachi or Lost in Translation tribute “The Bob Harris.”
All of the above will take place in a multi-faceted restaurant with 3,000 square feet of interior space complemented by a 3,000 square foot patio. The space can accommodate 100 patrons inside, plus 25 at the sushi bar, and 120 more outside. Three semi-private dining rooms are capable of hosting 15-50 guests for parties, business functions and events. The sushi bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant where everything is visible and the chefs become the attraction.
In addition to providing delicious food and personalized service, Sushi Marquee will offer an interactive atmosphere with a vertical tile display above the sushi bar. These screens will feature film clips and classic throwbacks to 80s and 90s pop culture. Local artist Aaron Grace has been chosen to create street murals around the venue.
“I’ve been crafting Sushi Marquee in my head for over 20 years now, “ says Brad Hawkins. “With Sushi Marquee, we’re presenting our own unique take on your typical sushi restaurant—one that draws from my own experience living in Los Angeles and dining around the world—where dining and entertainment aren’t two separate experiences…they co-exist together. We’re merging elements of 80s and 90s pop culture with homage to Asian pop culture and live action films to create a lighthearted environment where eating well and having fun will happen naturally and spontaneously. We couldn’t be more excited to open, and look forward to sharing our vision with Frisco and the entire DFW area.”
Sushi Marquee is slated to open in December and will be located at 3625 The Star Blvd, Suite 315 in Frisco