Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jimmy Ishii's Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar Coming to Overton Square

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Yet more news today regarding Overton Square.

Jimmy Ishii
A press release was issued earlier this morning announcing that Jimmy Ishii, who founded Sekisui, has signed a lease to open Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar. The restaurant will be in the Griffin House, which was once part of Paulette's.

From the release:

Prominent Memphis restauranteur Jimmy Ishii signed a 1,526 SF lease at 2116 Madison Avenue, in the historical Griffin House. Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar, named after the Japanese word for “fireside,” is an izakaya bar and grill serving kushiyaki skewers of grilled meat and vegetables, kara-age bite sized fried chicken, ramen noodle soups and other traditional Japanese items.

Chefs will serve food to customers seated at the bar using a paddle/oar — a method based on an old Japanese custom practiced by fishermen passing meals prepared from their catch from boat to boat. Robata will have outdoor seating on the front porch, as well as a patio in the front yard furnished with low to the ground, Japanese-style seating. The interior will feature a ramen/sushi/liquor bar with a visible cooking area for customers to experience food preparation.

The restaurant is set to open in December.

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