‘Kaikagetsu’ Japanese Haunt Eyes Former Wassail Spot on Orchard Street
Another hopeful is queued for a Hell Square haunt.
This time, a Japanese restaurant is on track to take over 162 Orchard Street, formerly occupied the previous three years by the Wassail cider bar. One Tomoyuki Iwanami plans to unveil a ten-table affair called Kaikagetsu that focuses on cuisine stylings from the Hida Takayama region. He’s currently gunning for a full liquor license in an area highly saturated with booze. Could be an uphill battle at the Community Board 3 hearings.
Tomoyuki Iwanami is a Los Angeles-based musician, artist, and nebulous “creative director.” He’s behind a gallery-boutique called T BY CONCEPT LAtest.
Wassail debuted on Orchard Street in the spring of 2015, and considered the first cider-centric bar in New York City. A string of suitors followed but none took the bait.