Last summer's closure of Midtown brunch institution Farrago came as somewhat of a shock to fans of that 13-year-old establishment. Now there are new plans for that space, and it comes from some prominent names in local Japanese dining. The Azuma Group, which is the company behind Azuma Sushi, Soma Sushi and Kata Robata, is gearing up to transform 318 Gray into an izakaya-style place, according to the Chron's Greg Morago. This sort of establishment is a drinks-forward spot that also offers small dishes. Morago points out that this place's development will rely heavily on the help of "Kata Robata chef Manabu 'Hori' Horiuchi, who as a novice chef would frequent izakayas with his co-workers after 14-16-hour days working with sushi." Chef Hori will remain the executive chef at Kata Robata, and this still unnamed project will likely debut in mid-to-late summer, according to the Chron.
It might be the perfect pre- or post-dinner destination in that neighborhood, now that yakiniku restaurant Gyu-kaku will be serving Japanese barbecue nearby.
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