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This Friday, Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka will officially open his University City izakaya, coZara. The Japanese pub is a bi-level space in the same Chestnut Square complex that includes Shake Shack, Joe Coffee and Zavino. It’s a big space, with 140 seats including a 10-seat open kitchen bar, nine seat downstairs bar as well as “the geisha room,” an upstairs private room. A 30-seat outdoor terrace will open this summer.
One thing you won’t find in the space though, sushi. The extensive menu at coZara, which means small plates, will include everything from gyoza to soba to ramen but no raw fish. There will also be Marugoto, a whole chicken yakitori that is served with coZara spicy sauce and Zama spicy mayo. Only a limited number will be available daily and the whole bird is $39, by far the priciest item on the menu.
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.
The Daily Pennsylvanian has the latest on the upcoming CoZara project from Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka. The bi-level space at 3200 Chestnut will be an izakaya, focusing on Japanese pub food and drink. On the food side, expect to see dumplings, buckwheat noodles, ramen and yakitori. For drinks, CoZara will offer sake, sake cocktails plus local and Japanese beers.
The project has seen some delays and is now aiming to open in late January.
New Japanese restaurant will offer pub style atmosphere [Daily Pennsylvanian]