Sushi Hatsu and Melody’s Viet-Thai Grillhouse On Track to Open This Spring

Last June we reported that Sushi Hatsu and Melody’s Viet-Thai Grillhouse would be coming to the former Ambler Cabaret Building at 51 East Butler Avenue. (See that article here)

The other day we had a chance to catch up with both owners who told us that each of their restaurants are on track to open the first week of May.

Sushi Hatsu plans to serve ” honest and innovative food” with a modern take on Sushi…Tapas and small plates.  The space, which will house a restaurant and bar, is being designed by M Architects LLC + Morrissey Design LLC and will have a modern, industrial vibe.  Owner, Harrison Kim added, “…Hatsu will have a knowledgeable, engaging staff with a cozy, neighborhood feel.” See the rendering below of the interior decor, which is Modern-Country with Mid-Century furniture.

Photo © Sushi Hatsu

Harrison is planning to do a reveal (think HGTV) of the front door and window facade a few days before Sushi Hatsu Opens. As for now, you will notice it covered with boards.

Sharing the same building, Melody’s Viet-Thai Grillhouse plans to have a casual, open-kitchen concept with rustic wood and metal decor, and will include a large counter where you can sit and eat, in addition to dining tables that will seat about 48 people.

Melody’s is also looking at a late April to early May Grand Opening.  They have rough inspections this week with the township. A brand new storefront window and door has just been installed, see below. 

Photo © Melody’s Viet-thai Grillhouse

Melody’s owner, Chris described the difference between his two Ambler restaurants, Gabby’s Banh Mi and Melody’s Viet-Thai Grillhouse below. Also Chris talks below about his wife Anna, Co-Owner and Chef of both restaurant’s kitchens:

People ask us what the difference between Gabby’s and Melody’s will be… Gabby’s is more of a street foods concept where Melody’s concept will focus more on Vietnamese and Thailand inspired grilled items such as seafood and steaks.  There will be a few menu items that influenced by Cambodian cuisine as well, but the majority of foods will be inspired from Vietnam and Thailand.
People have grown to know and love Anna (chef of Gabby’s and prior chef of Banh Mi Bar & Bistro).  she will still lead both kitchens at the two locations to ensure food, recipe, and quality is kept at our high standards.

Keep an eye out for updates and Grand Opening dates, which we will share once we know.