So it looks like things are progressing with CoZara–the new operation being put together at 3200 Chestnut Street by Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka and his crew from Zama in Rittenhouse.
The name itself, CoZara, apparently means “small plates,” so it seems like the new operation will be a true izakaya–offering a bunch of snacks meant to go along with the booze being slung over the bar. Think of it like a very Japanese gastropub, only without the ubiquitous cheeseburgers and duck-fat fries.
The space will occupy two floors–bar on the bottom, dining room on top. And while it’s being called an “upscale dive bar,” that phrase is semantically null so I’m not going to ever mention it again. Suffice it to say that there’ll be both domestic and Japanese beers, lots of sake (including individual-serving one-cups), something called “Chu-hi can drinks” (no, I don’t know what they are either, but they’re apparently some kind of canned drink made from Sho-chu). And, from the kitchen, ramen, yakitori, dumplings and other stuff that pairs nicely with alcohol and the people who like to drink it.
The original opening had been proposed for some time in January. And as of right now, CoZara has no specific opening date.