Friday, September 09, 2016

Owners of Bambolina in Salem to Open Kokeshi (Asian-Influenced Street Food Spot)

The people behind a North Shore restaurant that features wood-fired pizza, Italian dishes, and shareable plates will be opening a new dining spot nearby, and this one will have a very different concept.

According to an article in OctoCog, Tim Haigh and Larry Leibowitz of Bambolina in Salem are looking to open Kokeshi within walking distance of Bambolina, with the new restaurant on Lafayette Street being an "Asian-inspired street food" place that has communal seating and offers a variety of noodle dishes (including ramen) as well as local beers, cocktails, and sake. If all goes as planned, Kokeshi plans to open sometime this winter.

Haigh and Leibowitz opened Bambolina on Derby Street in June of 2015, taking over the former gift shop space at the Salem Wax Museum and Haunted Neighborhood.

The address for this new Asian eatery in Salem is: Kokeshi, 41 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

Thanks to a couple of sources for bringing this to our attention.

[March 15, 2017 update: Eater Boston states that Kokeshi is now open, and that it features such items as Osaka street corn, Colonel Sanders' Ramen, and octopus hot dogs.]

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]

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