November 26, 2022

Japanese restaurant Takohachi set to open in Penrose Square this week | ARLnow

Japanese restaurant Takohachi in Penrose Square finally plans to open within the week, owner Tsutomu Nakano told ARLnow.

In July, the four-year-old sushi restaurant was forced to close its location at the Westmont Mall on Columbia Pike due to the mall’s impending redevelopment. However, plans were in place for the restaurant to move up the Pike to Penrose Square with a hoped opening date of September.

But the restaurant was still not open in November, due to supply chain issues and delays in obtaining county permits.

As the Takohachi finally prepares to begin serving in January, hiring employees continued to be a challenge (which has been the case throughout the region and country). Nakano says he’s always looking to hire, especially servers.

Japanese restaurant Takohachi is known for its sushi, tempura and Japanese cuisine. The interior of the new space is a bit larger than the previous iteration, with a wooden bar in the middle with separate left and right seats.

Nakano, who is the chef and owner, moved to America from Japan about two decades ago and opened his first restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2017, he opened Takohachi at Westmont Shopping Center. However, only two years later, Arlington County Council approved a redevelopment plan that included a six-story mixed-use building with 250 apartments and 22,500 square feet of retail space.

The sushi restaurant and a number of other long-standing businesses have since closed. The mall is now in rubble, demolished earlier in 2021.

Takohachi got a reprieve, thanks in part to the Columbia Pike Partnership, which helped the restaurant relocate a few blocks to 2501 Columbia Pike.

This space has been occupied for over two years, with the last tenant being Josephine’s Italian Kitchen. Prior to this, Marble & Rye and Red Rocks were in this location. However, none of the three restaurants stayed there longer than three years.

Nakano says the reason he wanted to continue keeping Takohachi on Columbia Pike is because of the “regulars” who have helped sustain the company over the years.

Along with this new location in Arlington, Nakano also has another Takohachi in Centerville which opened a few months ago.