Thursday, June 11, 2015

PABU Is Opening in Boston's Downtown Crossing

A high-end Japanese restaurant is on its way to what is suddenly one of the hottest spots in Boston for dining, and a couple of award-winning chefs and restaurateurs from San Francisco are behind the place.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting that Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga are planning to open a location of PABU in Downtown Crossing, with the dining spot being on the first two floors of the new Millennium Tower at Franklin Street and Washington Street. The article says that PABU will be a sushi bar and izakaya (a casual bar that is geared toward professionals and has food), with small plates, skewers, and entrees on the menu, and seafood will come from New England waters as well as the huge Tsukiji wholesale fish market in Tokyo. If all goes as planned, the Boston location of PABU will open in the fall of 2016.

Michael Mina is a Michelin-starred chef who has won numerous awards (including "best chef" from the James Beard Foundation), while Ken Tominaga--who was born and raised in Tokyo--is considered "one of the Bay Area's leading authorities on Japanese cuisine," according to a biography page on the PABU site.

The original location of PABU is located in the Financial District of San Francisco.

[April 8, 2016 update: It appears that PABU could possibly be opening before the fall, as it is now hiring a general manager (via a page) and a Zagat article from this winter mentioned that it plans to open this summer.]

[October 11, 2016 update: An email sent to us indicates that PABU plans to open its doors to the public on Tuesday, November 1.]

[October 31, 2016 update: A Twitter post from the place confirms that PABU indeed opens on November 1, and based on multiple social media posts, it appears that the restaurant has already had a soft opening for family and friends.]

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]