Hokie Hibachi ‘Ninja Grill’ Arrives on Essex Street
If hokie hibachi is in your wheelhouse, then this will serve as welcome news.
Something called Ninja Grill is ready to do battle on Essex Street. Video game-style signage in the storefront window of number 103 announces the forthcoming arrival of this so-called “Japanese and hibachi express.”
The Ninja Grill is assuming control of a cursed space once occupied by notorious nightclub Le Lupenar. They closed in 2011, and the space remained a dusty dormancy until earlier this year when the Prestige Cafe & Deli moved in. The bodega was an ambitious one that tried to diversify itself from the competition. It boasted a small grocery space, seating, and large deli counter in the rear. In the end, it only lasted two months, and closed back in March.
The newcomer is seemingly geared toward the late-night Hell Square bar-goer. But will they last?