Izakayas Everywhere!


Today’s edition of The Bite notes that Izakaya Bar & Bistro will be taking over the cursed Kaizan spot in the Academy House. Food and Drinq adds that the spot is being run by Jonathan Chun of Fuji Mountain.

Combine this news with the conjecture that has Stephen Starr considering an izakaya at the Lainesborough (16th and Locust) and word that Michael Schulson, chef at Izakaya in the Borgtata, is looking for a restaurant space for a Japanese restaurant near the Kimmel Center and we have to ask the question again, can a restaurant jump the shark before it even opens?

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  • Adam

    And don’t forget Mr. Bar Ferdinand, Owen Kamihira. Isn’t he looking to do an izakaya also?

  • D

    Given that there are a dozen mediocre Italian byos in the Rittenhouse area serving the same food, I think we can handle a few Japanese restaurants in the area. Izakayas in Japan are more akin to a Spanish neighborhood tapas bar. They are generally of very high quality and there is endless variety. Philadelphia could use a few dozen of them.