Ok, so now we’re convinced the izakaya is set to become the next ramen-ya.
Granted, we only have two new openings to help substantiate this claim, but keep in mind that when Chuko launched in 2011, in hopes of inspiring Brooklyn to up its noodle game, a number of able eateries quickly followed suit — including Yuji, Ramen Yebisu, Dassara, and the perpetually underrated Ganso. So it’s interesting that, days after the opening of Bar Chuko (the borough’s first real izakaya), Ganso has also announced an elaborate expansion plan, including the debut of Ganso Yaki on Atlantic Avenue, which will serve Japanese street food with a focus on grilled dishes.
Founder Harris Salat is collaborating with pioneering Japanese chef Tadashi Ono (formerly of La Caravelle and Matsuri) to form Ganso Group, with Ono assuming the role of partner and culinary director. He’ll also take on executive chef responsibilities for all projects, including the current Ganso, which he and Salat will re-launch as Ganso Ramen this summer, followed by the aforementioned Ganso Yaki, and culminating with a Japanese fish shack in 2015.
A Japanese fish shack? Maybe Chuko’s not the final word on impending Asian food trends after all.
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