A new Japanese restaurant is coming to the West Side of Evansville


Those of us who love Asian food (guilty, group of one) will soon have a new restaurant on the west side of Evansville to get our fix.

Evansville 411 News, which tracks applications for new business developments in the area and shares them on its Facebook page, reported Wednesday afternoon Osaka Japanese Hibachi and Sushi is taking over the space formerly known as Crazy Buffet II, and more recently Star Buffet on Pearl Drive in the building that also houses Buffalo Wild Wings, Eye Mart and Palm Beach Tan.

Although the post did not mention an exact date, Evansville 411 News reports that the new location is expected to open in July.

Not much else is known about the company, especially who owns it. A Facebook page exists however, it only has two posts, both posted on May 27. One is simply an image of a sushi roll, the other is the restaurant’s logo along with an announcement that it’s “Coming Soon.”

Here’s what the “About” section says what we can expect once the doors open:

Coming soon –
Osaka Japanese Hibachi and Sushi is a casual restaurant offering a wide assortment of your favorite hibachi style cuisine and will offer a sushi bar as well as some unique specialties. Perform will also be available.

Similar restaurants like Osaka already exist in Evansville. Zuki on the east side and downtown, Roppongi on the east side, and Fujiyama in the North Park mall are the first that come to mind. However, if memory serves, no such restaurant currently exists on the west side at this time. But this has not always been the case.

Thanks to Google Maps Street View history, a feature that lets you go back in time about 10 years to see how the area you’re viewing has changed over the past decade, Osaka won’t be the first hibachi restaurant and sushi to occupy this space. When the Google Maps car rolled down Pearl Drive in April 2012, a restaurant called Okami Japanese Sushi & Hibachi occupied the same space that Osaka will soon call home.

[Source: Evansville 411 News on Facebook]

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