The Phoenix-based restaurant, Ezbachi Japanese Grill is rolling into downtown Tucson and planning to open its doors during the second week of April. They’re moving in at 63 E. Congress St. — the former Senae Thai Bistro spot, which permanently closed in July 2021.
“The name ‘Ezbachi’ is the namesake created by Gerardo ‘Jerry’ Curiel back in August of 2020,” said Flip Arbelaez, Director of Restaurant Development at Ezbachi. “The name is an homage to his son Ezekiel, which is a clever twist on the word Hibachi.”
Although Hibachi is in the name, the official style of cooking is Japanese Teppanyaki.
The Tucson location is set to be similar to the Phoenix locations but will include an Izakaya-style, full-service restaurant, which is in the spirit of Japanese gastropubs serving “tapas-style” offerings.
“One of the most exciting aspects about opening in Tucson is the launch of our very first Izakaya-style restaurant that also features our Teppanyaki menu,” said Arbelaez. “Our Izakaya menu will feature an array of Pan-Asian specialties like Bao Buns to Karaage Chicken and Sushi Rolls, coupled with our Teppanyaki entrées offerings as main or dinner courses.”
One thing’s for sure, the Ezbachi folks are pumped about joining Tucson’s culinary world — the first U.S. city to be designated a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
“We believe Ezbachi will bring another element of diversity to an already fast-growing and thriving dining market,” said Arbelaez. “We believe Tucson is the little gem of the desert.”
Additionally, the restaurant will offer a small Sake program with a dandy selection of craft beers, wines, and craft cocktails.
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