When Main Street’s Cowtown Guitars and the Exile on Main Street vintage boutique relocated south from their original homes, over time, the vacant buildings added to a long stretch of empty and unattractive storefronts. That will hopefully change when the Ninja Karaoke Bar debuts this spring.
The 4,000-square-foot project takes over both properties at numbers 1007 and 1009, with a shaded outdoor seating area inside the 2,000-square-foot rear patio facing First Street. Promised to feature "authentic Japanese karaoke," Ninja will build eight private karaoke rooms and an open, 600-square-foot lounge for the more courageous singers.
A bar serving sake and Japanese and western drinks will include a handful of stools for guests who don’t want to run back to their rooms and the kitchen is expected to serve snack foods like pizza.
Opening hours are planned to be noon until 4 a.m., a late hour for this quiet stretch of Main Street. Leading the project is Mami Kanemitsu, also known as LadyOutrage and a member of the all female dance troupe We Are Heroes, winners of the 2009 edition of MTV’s America's Best Dance Crew competition. Kanemitsu’s call for bartenders earlier this year pointed to an expected April opening date.