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Kent Rathbun and Tracy Rathbun open Imoto

WYNTK when Kent Rathbun and Tracy Rathbun open Imoto next month


Kent Rathbun and Tracy Rathbun already have successful concepts such as Shinsei and Abacus on their collective resumes. Now we can’t wait till husband-and-wife Kent Rathbun and Tracy Rathbun open Imoto, their newest Asian-inspired restaurant on Thursday, June 7. Here’s what you need to know about Imoto.

Billed as a contemporary, upscale dining experience with a connected lounge, private dining rooms weekend DJ, sushi bar and cocktail den, Imoto will occupy a new space in Victory Park, at 2400 Victory Park Lane.

“Imoto is more than a culmination of Kent and Tracy’s groundbreaking generation in the restaurant business. It’s a passion borne also of Kent’s extensive travels to Thailand and Tracy’s dedication to hospitality,” says Rathbun in a press release on the restaurant, lounge, sushi bar, private dining room and DJ enclave.

“Imoto is going to make you feel like you’re somewhere that you’ve never been,” Kent Rathbun says in the release. “It takes you to a different place. Everything about Imōto is geared to taking you to an exotic, cool locale.”

A spokesman for Rathbun says he really did say that. Also this: “We’re so excited about the reinvention of the Victory Park District and honored to be a part of what we are certain will become Dallas’ hottest entertainment destination.”

When Kent Rathbun and Tracy Rathbun open Imoto, their partners will be Barley House founder John Kinzer and Consolidated Restaurants CEO John D. Harkey, Jr. Jennifer Newbold, an alum of Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, will be exec chef. Cinthia Mullenix, previously of Shinsei Restaurant, will be GM. Jimmy Duke, previously of Nobu, will be the sushi dude.

And the name Imoto? It’s supposed to be the Japanese word for “little sister.” We’re sure hoping that Imoto is a winner; we were big fans of Kent’s when he co-owned Abacus (he’s been gone from there for nearly two years now) and big fans of Tracy’s at Shinsei (she’s still co-owns that).

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