And now, the first look inside Micah Camden's upcoming sushi-and-sake spot Boxer, tentatively slated to open next to SE Hawthorne's Blue Pig Cafe on May 1. The 40-seat restaurant flaunts a 24-foot-long, 16-seat sushi counter as its focal point, with a design aesthetic that combines elements of Camden's other establishments Little Big Burger and Yakuza. (LBB's geometric lines, meet Yakuza's wooden slats.) Decorative elements include an overhead graffiti mural by Seattle artist Zach Bohnenkamp (hints of metallic silver and gold are repeated in the overhead ducts), framed Japanese graffiti prints, wood slats on walls and windows, and a bonsai tree crafted by Camden himself.
Chef Ian Skomski, an alum of Camden's NE Killingsworth spot Yakuza, will spearhead the completely raw menu, described by co-owner Katie Poppe as "sushi for sushi lovers" (ie, no California rolls here). Sample menu items include a sashimi scallop (served with Jamaican ugli fruit white ponzu, bubbles, and ikura), a toro tartar (with quail egg, crispy shiso, and tosa shoyu), and a roasted abalone mushroom "sashimi" with Momofuku's octopus vinaigrette.
The interior isn't quite completed yet — with additional decorative elements like window vinyl, dishes, and rugs still to be added — but Camden and Co. are shooting for a projected opening date of May 1.
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