Delaware’s first family of
sushi is still thriving. Plus, Rehoboth welcomes
a new deli, and more.
Published April 12, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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elaware’s first family of sushi is still thriving—even without a restaurant.
When Utage, Delaware’s first sushi restaurant, closed its doors in 2008 after 22 years in business, many devoted regulars refused to let go. So the Oka family obliged. Owner Yuichiro Oka, his son and business partner Chihiro Oka, and Chihiro’s wife, Christy, began hosting private omakase (chef’s choice) dinners to fulfill their regulars’ sushi jones.
“At first it was a way of keeping in touch with friends and family who used to love coming to Utage and really missed my father’s food,” says Chihiro Oka. “A lot of these people are like family now.”
The dinners blossomed. Now the Okas host them regularly at the Hockessin Athletic Club (100 Fitness Way, Hockessin, 235-5530), where Chihiro also prepares sushi daily for the club café.
At omakase parties, multi-course menus run through Utage classics such as its famous cucumber rolls with homemade ponzu sauce and chicken yakitori, while also unveiling some new creations. A December holiday meal centered on shabu-shabu, Japan’s version of fondue. Customers can book seats at oka-restaurant.com, but act fast—the events sell out quickly. —Matt Amis
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