Early Details On CoZara

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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.

CoZara [f8b8z]

CoZara Will Be an Izakaya

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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]
CoZara [Foobooz]

Back to School in University City

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The best part of going back to school is seeing your friends again and hearing about what they did this summer. And if you consider University City a friend, you’ll be excited to hear what happened over the summer to the neighborhood as new restaurants have opened and even more will swing open their doors this fall.

What, you didn’t know one University City campus is getting a Shake Shack put in right by the school cafeteria? And did you see that Irish bar take over space in the Left Bank? Did you hear about the anniversary discount happy hour at one of University City’s finest Mexican restaurants? No?

Catch up with look at what’s new, what’s opening soon and what events are coming up in the land of Penn and Drexel.

What’s new, what’s coming to University City » 

Zama Expanding to 3200 Chestnut Street

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Michael Klein is reporting that Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka will be opening a two-story Japanese restaurant focusing on yakitori, noodles and dumplings at Chestnut Square. Chestnut Square is intending to open this fall at 3200 Chestnut Street. The mixed-use complex on Drexel’s campus will also be the home of the city’s second Shake Shack.

Zama opening a second restaurant [The Insider]