With the help of Sam Nazarian and sbe, Umami founder Adam Fleischman is taking his ever-growing burger empire down and out. Down as in pared down one notch to fit a fast casual mold, and then out out out across the country. His fast casual prototype has been named Umami Ko or U-ko and Fleischman describes the concept as “my version of 21st Century fast food.” Count this be the modern day McDonald's? Maybe. But without further ado, up above the very first look at U-ko renderings in all their eco-friendly super mod glory. The units were designed by Santa Monica-based Kanner Architects, and each outpost encompasses about 2,240 square feet, with an indoor garden and seating for 44 diners inside, six at the bar, and 80 outside.
U-kos are built from sustainable and recycled materials like post-consumer recycled paper louvers, FSC certified wood exterior and interior wall, FSC certified hardwood floor, bamboo and fiber board, and salvaged aluminum waste as a countertop.
Diners order food via touch screen tablets and even pay through the tablet as well. U-Ko staff bring your order to your table.
As for Umami's flagship location opening in the shuttered Wonderland Bakery space at the Grove, perhaps it will take on the new face of Umami.
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