Yet to be confirmed, but looking a very strong possibility, award-winning Japanese restaurant Raku appears to be making very quiet plans for a new concept to debut less than two miles from its Chinatown home.
Long rumored to be expanding, Aburiya Raku as it is officially named, has been a must-visit off-Strip destination since 2008 for chef Mitsou Endo’s tofu, omakase menu, and robata dishes grilled over charcoal.
Paperwork was first filed back in April and revived earlier this month for the creation of Teppan By Raku, suggesting a future menu focused and prepared on a flat, iron griddle.
Located at the Flamingo Arville Plaza next to the Palms resort, the strip mall sits at the intersection of Flamingo Road and and Arville Street and is home to Umiya Sushi and the now shuttered Izakaya Cocokala Japanese restaurant.
W G Constructors have been assigned to the project and earlier this year an estimated budget of $210,000 was allocated to cover construction costs on the 1,200-square-foot makeover. The firm has previously worked with Raku to complete its long planned patio extension at the compact and always busy original location.
Teppan would become the third local outpost for the team. The highly inventive Sweets Raku debuted a short walk from Raku in 2013, continuing the reputation of the Seoul Plaza on Spring Mountain Road as a beacon of culinary creativity. A California expansion for the main restaurant to West Hollywood followed in 2015.
Further details of the new space, or an estimated timetable for completion, have not been revealed.
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