Hibachi, the oldest Japanese restaurant in New Jersey, is getting its first taste of life in Atlantic County.
Owner and owner of Madison Restaurants, Shogo Hirasawa, said he had hoped to open in the spring of 2020 but is still waiting to be granted the permits.
The eatery is located in the corner of Hudson Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic Town, a neighborhood that includes Manhattan’s East Village and a cluster of shops and restaurants along Atlantic Avenue.
Hirasawas plans to open by the end of the year.
“It was very important for me to have this opportunity,” he said.
Hirasawa has been working to expand his business since he opened the first Hibachi restaurant in Atlantic town in 2007.
He said he wants to build a “family” atmosphere for the eatery, adding that he will use his Japanese-style sushi menu to appeal to a diverse group of customers.
“We are opening Hibachi to all kinds of people, not just the Japanese,” he explained.
“My goal is to bring a Japanese feel to the restaurant.
We have a Japanese restaurant for all sorts of people.
We want to bring people from different cultures and different backgrounds.
We are going to bring together all sorts.”
The eaterie will serve Japanese-inspired dishes like sushi rolls, ramen noodles, fried chicken and a variety of soups.
Hibachi will have two locations: One on Atlantic Avenue and one in Jersey City.
It will be located at 1321 Atlantic Avenue, across from the Hudson River.