Owner to reopen Umi, plus two new restaurants

2013-10-04T00:00:00Z Owner to reopen Umi, plus two new restaurantsBy Kathleen Allen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Jason Anderson doesn’t stop for air.

Anderson, who helped launch Union Public House in St. Philip’s Plaza, this week reopened his Umi Star after a nearly two-month closure for a remodeling and a rejiggering of the menu.

Meanwhile, he is about to start construction on a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant on North Fourth Avenue, as well as a smaller one in St. Philip’s Plaza. The St. Philip’s restaurant is Original ChopShop, slated to open in about six months. “It’s sandwiches and wraps, cold press juices, salads,” Anderson says. “It’s super, super healthy and really quick.”

There are two ChopShops in Arizona — one in Tempe and another in Scottsdale. The Tucson location, which will have about 1,400 square feet, will have prices comparable to the other ChopShops in the state, Anderson says. The top item on those menus is $10.

It will be a new construction — brick to fit in with the style of the other buildings at St. Philip’s, at 4280 N. Campbell Ave., and will sit between Vivace and Union. “It will be really pretty,” Anderson says.

The restaurant at 201 N. Fourth Ave., which will be called Hudson, should be done in nine to 10 months, said Anderson, an architect specializing in restaurants. “We haven’t decided on the menu, but it’ll be modern American — we’re still working on it,” he says.

It’ll have a patio, full restaurant and a bar. There’s a streetcar stop in front of the building, and Anderson hopes to capture customers from the University of Arizona and downtown, as well as those who live in the neighborhood.

The prices, he says, haven’t been determined, but they will be “approachable.”

The reopened Umi Star, at 2502 N. Campbell Ave., continues to serve Asian-Latin American cuisine, but has a revamped menu that includes such things as new sushi rolls, tacos, and the Bandito Box, “a Mexico-meets-Asia bento box featuring three different roll and taco combinations,” according to a news release.

The menu was downsized, as were the prices. Umi Star tops out at $10.

Shortly before Anderson closed Umi Star for the remodeling in early August, the restaurant failed a health inspection. The violations were quickly corrected, he says. Anderson decided that it was a good time to temporarily shut the doors, update the menu and restaurant, and give Umi Star a fresh start.

There will be a grand reopening celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. today, with drink and food specials.

Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at kallen@azstarnet.com or 573-4128.

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