For more than a year people have been talking about Zai – a new Japanese restaurant opening at 315 Shawmut Ave (in the space formerly occupied by Joe V’s). As you can see from the photo snapped this weekend, Yakitori Zai (or Zai for short), is nearly ready to open. Last week a Front of House Manager position was posted on Craigslist and in recent days much of the paper covering the oversized windows that over look Shawmut Avenue and Union Park have come down providing a glimpse of the renovated restaurant space.
SHHH!!! Rumor is Zai will open late next week.
Zai’s owner, Kazu Aotani wants us to think beyond sushi and teriyaki when it comes to Japanese cuisine so his restaurant will feature yakitori, a type of charcoal-grilled meat. The tiny wrap around bar where you can watch these tasty morsels grilled looks to seat approximately ten.
Zai to feature Japanese cultural classes every second Sunday
Every second Sunday from 12:00 – 2:30pm Zai will feature cultural classes and demonstrations. The first class / demonstration is Sunday, May 13th: Yakitori Techniques will discuss Tare, the sauce used in yakitori cooking followed by sake pairings fit for Tare. You can learn more about this and future events by linking here.