Japanese restaurant Kokoro arrives in Newbury after plans approved

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NEWBURY will have a new Asian restaurant after the approval of plans for a Kokoro in the city center.

The Japanese / Korean-style restaurant will replace the old Ginsters pasta store next to the Kennet and Avon Canal Bridge on Northbrook Street.

The company, which was founded in 2010 by Ray-Kyu Park and now has more than 30 restaurants nationwide, plans to transform the interior into a sushi and bento cafe.

The proposed storefront. (47797943)

She has already started work on the store and hopes to open towards the end of October.

Its philosophy is to provide “a range of freshly prepared hot dishes with a Japanese and Korean influence, with the aim of benefiting customers looking for an alternative to daily pastas, sandwiches or salads”.

A planning request to West Berkshire council for the vacant land was approved last month without the request going to the committee.

The site – which has two steps leading up to the main entrance – will remain difficult for wheelchair users to access, as Kokoro says the building is “Grade II listed and the entrance steps cannot be reconfigured.”

Ginsters in Northbrook Street Ref: 22-1521 Photo by Phil Cannings (47797932)
Ginsters in Northbrook Street Ref: 22-1521 Photo by Phil Cannings (47797932)

However, the company claims that, in order to assist customers with disabilities or in wheelchairs, “Kokoro staff are advised and trained to assist as much as possible in gaining access to and around the café premises in the area. framework of its management policy “.

He said: “The new counter is relatively low in height at 800mm, which might be considered acceptable for the purpose of wheelchair service.”

A spokesperson for Kokoro said: “We are delighted to be a part of the bustling historic market town of Newbury as we grow after the major pandemic setback last year.

“Our food could be a nice addition to this peaceful town for those who enjoy sushi and hot Asian dishes.

“We have started working on the store layout with an estimated opening date around the end of October.”

The new Kokoro restaurant will be across from the Japanese restaurant Arigato, while The Sushi Maki is in the market square and the Soyami bento restaurant is further up Northbrook Street.

The restaurant hopes to open its Newbury branch in October.  (50497311)
The restaurant hopes to open its Newbury branch in October. (50497311)



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