Yopparai Owners Angling to Open ‘Azasu’ Around the Corner at 49 Clinton Street
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49 Clinton St.
Rivington Street newcomer Yopparai is looking to expand its holdings by adding another Japanese restaurant. And nearby, too. Tokyo-born Gaku Shibata and his wife, Christy have plans for 49 Clinton Street, according to the latest liquor license application info made available by Community Board 3. This dormant storefront, of course, was previously the failed location of both Clerkenwell and its ill-fated follow-up Kupersmith.
The proposed venture is called Azasu, which is modern Japanese slang for “thank you.” Like Yopparai, this spot will specialize in Japanese fare. The applicant seeks a full liquor license.
Azasu is the second business hopeful to vie for the space in the last six months.
Yopparai opened at 151 Rivington Street in February 2012.