Ei, Teresa & Suzuki
are closed every Monday.
- 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 |
will close after 27 years in downtown W-B
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.
kind of bittersweet. We're going to miss our regular patrons," Ei said. "It's
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.
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
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
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.
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."
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
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!
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.
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!