From the creators of Foodie Cart and fRESHSTREET comes yet another new dining concept that is sure to excite their local foodie fan base. Husband and wife duo Kenny Kim and Misako Ohba will be opening Section 8 Yakitorium this Thursday, December 15th inside the Double Happiness bar, located at 482 South Front Street in The Brewery District. As the name implies, The Yakitorium will serve a variety of japanese yakitori treats.
We spoke with co-owner Kenny Kim to get the lowdown on their latest venture.
Q: First, can you tell us a bit about what exactly yakitori is?
A: Yakitori is a traditional Japanese skewer that can also be called kushiyaki. Yakitori actually means grilled/skewered chicken, but the term is also used for non-chicken skewers as well. The skewers are either dipped & grilled with tare, or prepared with salt (shio) & a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Most yakitori places use bincho-tan which is usually charcoal made out of oak. We will be using bincho-tan for our yakitori as well.
Q: How did the concept for Section 8 Yakitorium come about?
A: Yakitori was going to be our newest item at fRESHSTREET. We were asked if we wanted to team up and move into Double Happiness by Bret Lewis. We accepted and decided to move the yakitori debut at fRESHSTREET to Double Happiness. I thought Section 8 was fitting and Bret Lewis liked the word Yakitorium. We combined the two ideas and now you have Section 8 Yakitorium.
Q: So what will your menu look like there?
A: When we start this Thursday, our menu will be really traditional and simple at first. We want to ease into the situation and get comfy. The first will just be yakitori, but eventually we will add three other kinds of chicken skewers, pork cheek, pork belly, beef tongue, short rib, eringi mushroom, and a few others. We will also be serving Thunderkiss Coffee.
Q: When is the opening date, and what hours will you operate?
A: The opening date is Thursday, December 15th and we will be open from 6:30pm to Midnight this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We will then rearrange the menu & schedule based on what we learn in those three days. Our facebook, twitter, or tumblr page can update you on our changes.
Q: Anything else we should know?
A: The two other partners involved are Bret Lewis and Yalan Papillion. Bret is an ex-professor and musician. Yalan owns and runs Double Happiness and is a musician as well. Jason Valentine of Thunderkiss Coffee will supply the beans and Misako Ohba is going to be our yakitori grill master.
More information can be found online at http://s8yakitorium.tumblr.com.