Wang said he grew fond of Georgetown because of the people, the weather, the calm and most importantly the lack of constant bumper-to-bumper traffic.
But Wang still wanted to bring the art form he loved and spent many year perfecting to his new hometown. This led him to open Kyoto Sushi & Steak Asian Cuisine, first with a Burnet location he opened in 2016 then with a Georgetown location he opened in June 2019.
“[Georgetown offers] a beautiful, slow life. That’s what I like,” he said.
Wang said the dining experience is more than what someone may get at another Asian restaurant, as it provides a diverse menu of more than 30 sushi rolls, traditional Chinese meals and Tonkotsu Ramen—served with pork, green onion, egg, seaweed, black fungus and bamboo shoots—which he added at the frequent request of customers.
He said he wanted to emphasize as good a quality of food as one could get at an upscale restaurant in downtown Austin without the price and without the drive—something he said he felt Georgetown was missing.
There is also a happy hour served daily, except Tuesday when the restaurant is closed.
“We are not fast food,” Wang said. “Customers all need good service and good quality of food.”
With COVID-19, Wang said he closed the dine-in portion of his restaurant, only offering take-out even as other restaurants began to open. The restaurant’s dining room opened Aug. 1, which Wang said was because he wanted not only the customers to feel safe but also his employees.
Wang said he didn’t open his restaurants to make a lot of money but to make people happy with healthy and good food and excellent service. The same goes for his employees, which is why he is closed on Tuesdays–so everyone can rest.
“[When] you use your heart in making the food and making every family happy–that is what’s important,” he said.
Kyoto Sushi & Steak Asian Cuisine
1103 Rivery Blvd., Ste. 210, Georgetown
Hours: Sun.-Mon. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Wed.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Tuesdays