Monday, September 12, 2016

Kamakura Japanese Restaurant Plans to Open in Downtown Boston

It looks like a brand new restaurant with a roofdeck may be coming to downtown Boston, and the person behind it is known for his work at a few other dining spots in the region.

The Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry blog is reporting (via a licensing board page within the City of Boston website) that Kamakura is looking to open on State Street, moving into the space that Brian Lesser (Tavern Road, Sweet Cheeks Q, Storyville, Alden & Harlow, Naco Taco, Tunnel, Minibar, Vine Brook Tavern) had been looking at earlier this year. The name listed in the hearing notice is Youji Iwakura, who Star Chefs says is currently "ramen master" at Snappy Ramen in Somerville along with such spots as Oishii, Basho, and Uni in the past. [Ed note: Snappy Ramen is moving to a nearby space in Davis Square in the fall of 2017 and will be rebranded as Snappy Kitchen.] Iwakura's LinkedIn page indicates that Kamakura will be a modern Japanese restaurant while the hearing notice for Kamakura mentions that it would have indoor seating on the first and second floors along with the aforementioned roofdeck.

The address for this upcoming Japanese restaurant in downtown Boston is: Kamakura, 150 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109.

[November 23, 2017 update: According to a note on Iwakura's Facebook page, Kamakura plans to open in March of 2018.]

[Earlier Article]
Brian Lesser Involved in Opening of New Restaurant on State Street in Boston

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