Daryl Kunik is a University of Texas MBA graduate with over two decades worth of experience in starting and operating a variety of businesses. He is the co-creator of the Uchi concept and has a very active role in running the restaurants. Uchi started with Tyson Cole, the hardworking sushi chef whose talents Daryl had admired for many years. Recognizing that Cole was ready for his own restaurant, Kunik partnered with him to form a vision and assemble a team. Over a dozen years later, Uchi has become the centerpiece of the Hai Hospitality restaurant group.
Daryl is passionate about architecture and design. In addition to building restaurants, he is very active in real estate development in Austin. Together with talented architects and partners, he has built and renovated several notable spaces for local businesses and Austin’s creative class. Daryl is also co-owner of Ace Tailors, an alteration shop with four locations around Austin.
When he’s not in the office or out in the field, Daryl enjoys spending time with his family, bike riding, yoga, and traveling. If he can’t choose Uchi, he chooses Josephine House as his favorite restaurant in Austin.