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Much-Anticipated Sushi Spot Handies Douzo Chooses a Location in the Heights

Get ready for omakase-style service in a familiar space

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In the works since 2018, much-anticipated omakase and temaki-style sushi restaurant Handies Douzo will officially open in the Heights.

According to permits filed with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the new project from Uchi trained sushi chefs Patrick Pham and Daniel Lee will open its doors at 3510 White Oak Drive, in the space formerly occupied by hot dog restaurant Happy Fatz. Construction permits filed with Harris County confirm that the location is being remodeled as a sushi bar, and per the sleuths at Houston real estate forum HAIF, SEC filings for Handies Douzo also list the White Oak address as the restaurant’s address.

As reported previously by Eater, the restaurant began as a series of hush-hush pop-up dinners held in ritzy private homes, where Pham and Lee refined their top-notch temaki sushi, or hand rolls, stuffed with everything from caviar to otoro, and omakase-style dining with equally luxe ingredients like Hokkaido uni and A5 Wagyu from Japan.

In late August, Handies Douzo launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform NextSeed, hitting the goal of $75,000 in investments in just a few days. This will be the second sushi spot to open in Houston for the duo in 2019 — Lee and Pham just debuted their buzzy Bravery Chef Hall stall Kokoro, which has earned early raves from diners.

Eater has reached out to Pham and Lee for more details on when Handies Douzo will arrive in the Heights, and will update this post as that information becomes available.

Update, 12:12 p.m.: This post has been updated to include a Securities and Exchange Commission filing for Handies Douzo.