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E Madison’s Aki Kushiyaki joining meaty wave of 2020 openings

Let’s call 2020 the year of meat on a stick. A new restaurant set to be part of the about to open mixed-use Avant Apartments at E Denny Way, 22nd Ave, and Madison will join the trend.

Aki Kushiyaki will open along E Madison when the building prepares to debut early this summer. The Japanese kushiyaki joint will feature charcoal grills and fine meats and seafood to skewer and cook at your table.

The Avant

Sunny Ho, a veteran restaurateur whose other partnerships include Tukwila’s Arashi Ramen, tells CHS the key to kushiyaki is high quality charcoal that burns extra hot. Aki will be bringing in theirs from Japan.

Business partner Andy Tsang promises a Japanese dining concept for the project “mixed with some French dishes” and served in a coursed setting along with beer, wine, sake, and whiskey.

The Avant building replaced a former Firestone tire garage at the corner.

The new restaurant will join a small wave of new area dining options centered around Asian meats and barbecue including Meet Korean BBQ which is set to officially open in the former Trove space on E Pike on February11th and, on E Pike in the Pike Motorworks building, the hotly anticipated chef Shota Nakajima kushikatsu project Taku, which remains under construction but is gearing up for an early 2020 opening. Ishoni Yakiniku “Japanese barbecue” will round out the offerings when it opens this spring replacing a Tex Mex joint on Broadway.

Aki Kushiyaki is planned to open later this year at 2106 E Madison.

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