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Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar to Come to Overton Square

Jimmy Ishii

Based on today’s press release, Jimmy Ishii, founder of Sekisui, has signed a lease to open the Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar in Overton Square in the Griffin House (once Paulette’s).

From the release:

 Prominent Memphis restauranteur Jimmy Ishii signed a 1,526 SF lease at 2116 Madison Avenue, in the historical Griffin House. Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar, named after the Japanese word for “fireside,” is an izakaya bar and grill serving kushiyaki skewers of grilled meat and vegetables, kara-age bite sized fried chicken, ramen noodle soups and other traditional Japanese items.

Chefs will serve food to customers seated at the bar using a paddle/oar — a method based on an old Japanese custom practiced by fishermen passing meals prepared from their catch from boat to boat. Robata will have outdoor seating on the front porch, as well as a patio in the front yard furnished with low to the ground, Japanese-style seating. The interior will feature a ramen/sushi/liquor bar with a visible cooking area for customers to experience food preparation.

The restaurant will open in December and will serve lunch and dinner.