Four New Eateries
"One day my dad and I were walking past Champion House and said, 'Hey, they're not open,'" Alan recalls. "The next week there was a For Lease sign in the window." (The owners had hurriedly decamped in mid-lease and were never heard from again.)
Alan designed the space himself, using "a free program called Google SketchUp." Gracefully proportioned, with black walls, lavender napkins, and white space-age looking chairs, the look, he says, was inspired by "contemporary fine dining in Taiwan and Japan--the sort of thing you find on the eighty-fifth floor of hotels in Tokyo."
Kuroshio means "black tide." It's the warm current that flows up the east coast of Asia, and the rooms are filled with wave or water motifs. A water wall greets customers in the small foyer. "It's okay to stick your fingers in it!" Alan says encouragingly. "The water is treated with UV light, so it's sterile."
His father laughs and interjects that the wave theme became so important to them that they bought all their flatware from Lenox because it was the only flatware they could find with a "wavy" look. "Lenox thought we were crazy. They said, 'Restaurants never buy from us! We're too expensive!'"