Los Angeles-based shabu shabu restaurant franchise Yojie Japanese Fondue is almost ready to debut at Village Square and has landed a famous partner to bring their brand of "swish swish" to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas native Jo Koy is now confirmed as an investor and the comedian is already helping promote the project Eater Vegas has been tracking since July 2014.
Construction on the 1,572-square-foot space is in the final stages, located a few feet away from Viva Mercado's Mexican Bar & Grill. The Yojie team are now looking to May for their grand opening.
First revealed in an episode of the online Yo Jo Show featuring Koy and Michael Yo, the comedian again confirmed his involvement via social media, sharing a photo of himself exclaiming "we bought a restaurant mom!!!"
Pronounced yo-gee-ay, Yojie serves pots of boiling water prepared for diners to "swish-swish" and rapidly cook items like Kobe style or Angus beef, salmon, chicken, vegetables and noodles. Also headed to the Las Vegas menu, desserts, sake and cocktails. On the walls, an art gallery with a changing decor, spotlighting an evolving showcase of local artists. Yojie operates three California locations including a popular downtown Los Angeles timebase, with more on the way,.
In 2013, Koy shared with Eater Vegas his favorite local dining spots, opting for Korean barbeque, Filipino fast food, pizza and a surprise endorsement for the beef short ribs at Gillley's Saloon.