Your Hosts
Ei, Teresa & Suzuki
We are closed every Monday.


Restaurant Hours

Lunch
Tue-Fri...11:30-2:30
Dinner
Tue-Thurs...5:00-9:30
Fri. & Sat....5:00-10:00
Sunday...5:00-9:00

Katana Restaurant
41 South Main Street
Midtown Village
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
For Reservations
(570) 825-9080

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Hibachi - Sushi - Tempura
  When we the owners, Ei-san, Teresa, and Suzuki, first opened Katana's doors in June of 1992, we had just four hibachi tables, one sushi bar, and seven tables in the dining room. For many of our patrons, the idea of having a chef theatrically cook a meal in front of them was an exhilarating novelty and eating sushi, tofu, seaweed and other Japanese foods seemed exotic and exciting. Since then, we have built up a loyal clientele, have expanded twice, and have received many awards as the one of the areas favorite ethnic restaurants. We would like to thank all of our wonderful, loyal customers, our dedicated staff, and everyone who has supported us in our continued success over the years
3/13/2019
Katana will close after 27 years in downtown W-B
dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com

Japanese restaurant Katana will close June 1 after 27 years in business in downtown Wilkes-Barre, one of the owners said Tuesday.
Teresa Ei, who owns the restaurant with her husband Takeshi Ei and partner Naoto Suzuki, said they are retiring.
"It's kind of bittersweet. We're going to miss our regular patrons," Ei said. "It's just time."
They have been trying to sell the restaurant since 2016 and Ei said they had a few potential buyers but none followed through and it remains for sale. The restaurant has two hibachi rooms and two sushi rooms. Customers enjoyed many authentic one-of-a-kind Japanese food items, Ei said. Since the restaurant opened in 1992, it has expanded twice to accommodate increased volume.
The Eis, who live in Moscow, and Suzuki, who lives in Mountain Top, formerly leased their space at 41 S. Main St. in Midtown Village from Humford Equities. They have been leasing from Insalaco Development Group since it acquired Midtown Village from Humford Equities in 2014.
Twenty-two employees work at the restaurant, Ei said. Her husband is a chef with more than 45 years of experience with Japanese cuisine.
Sandy Insalaco Jr., partner with Insalaco Development Group, said the Katana was one of the first Japanese restaurants to open in Northeast Pennsylvania and he is sorry it will soon close.
He said he is actively working with new restaurant owners to open in that location and he would like to create a "food court type environment" in Midtown Village.
If the restaurant is sold, that would include the equipment, liquor license and other assets associated with the business.
John Maday, president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, said Katana has had a "great run over all those years" and he also is sorry it will close.
It's one of many ethnic restaurants in downtown Wilkes-Barre that led to its nickname "restaurant row." Maday said Katana is in a great location and it would be a shame if a new owner didn't take it over.
"They've become an institution in downtown Wilkes-Barre," Maday said. "They were well-established. People were coming downtown to that business. They've been a great partner for downtown Wilkes-Barre."
Ei's message to the restaurant's many loyal customers on Tuesday was, "Thank you for supporting us over the years and enjoying the products we put out."
Looking for something different to add to your party/barbecue menu? Katana has custom sushi platters available for take-out. You can also order any appetizer in larger sizes if you want to add variety.
24 hour notice on larger orders appreciated.
We couldn't have done it without YOU!

Hibachi

Hibachi is considered an art form in Japan; and at Katana, your meal adventure begins with food preparation and table top cooking and culminates to an intricate combination of presentation. Skilled chefs prepare steak grilled to perfection. Mouth-watering shrimp and chicken sizzle before your eyes. Succulent lobster is flawlessly prepared. Vegetables are diced and sliced right at your table. And, mounds of fried rice piping hot and seasoned just right await you.
Our meals are delicious and healthy. Light seasoning and fresh ingredients are important to our success. Hibachi-style cooking enhances the original flavors of beef, chicken and seafood. Soup is served first, followed by salad, vegetables, fried rice and the main course. If you still happen to be hungry after all that, we'll tempt you with our incredible dessert tray. Enjoy the entertainment and unforgettable dining experience at Katana!

Sushi Bar

When you start with Katana's finest sushi, nothing else matters. Come to Katana for great food, and great fun. We offer our customers the finest dining experience in the area featuring traditional and nontraditional Japanese cuisine.
We blend class and speed together; We have an open grill and kitchen, a full service bar and a fun, relaxing atmosphere.
We're located a convenient walking distance for many downtown area, offices and stores in Midtown Village - Wilkes-Barre, Pa.. See you soon!

 
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