Where others saw a junk warehouse for 50 years in Bushwick, three men saw their vision of Momo Sushi Shack realized. To make it happen, Brooklynites Phillip Gilmour, Chance Johnston and Makoto Suzuki pooled their ideas of service, design and cuisine together in September 2010.
They have won major accolades including a Michelin Guide recommendation and kudos as the top-rated spot for sushi on Yelp.com by the harshest critics: New Yorkers.
There are plenty of Japanese restaurants in New York with long, complicated names. “We wanted something simple and playful,” Johnston says. “When I was in Atlantic City cashing in my winning chips, the first $100 bill had ‘momo’ written on it.”