A Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurant on Fourth Street will welcome diners next spring.
Taku Japanese Steakhouse will occupy 6,250 square feet at Jackson and Fourth streets on the ground floor of the Cummins’ downtown office building. The public entrance will face north, making Fourth Street, with its nearby burger joints and fine dining establishments, even more of a gastronomic gateway.
Taku co-owner Lin Zhuo, whose family hails from the East Coast and owns two other restaurants, including Hana Japanese Steakhouse in Chillicothe, Ohio, said restaurant employees will entertain guests by cooking hibachi-style at their tables — while other patrons can relax in a more subdued atmosphere in a separate dining area and at a sushi bar.
Taku’s owners have signed a 10-year lease. Fishers-based Commons Partners LLC, which includes developer Tim Dora, owns the building. At full capacity, Cummins expects to house more than 1,300 employees in the downtown office, said Catina J. Furnish, Cummins’ Americas real estate leader.
Zhao said he expects the city’s demographics and vibrant downtown, with its significant number of Cummins employees and two new apartment complexes, to drive the restaurant’s success.
The eatery will welcome customers seven days a week for lunch and dinner and have outdoor seating. Zhuo said the business will employ 10 to 15 during the week and 20 to 25 on weekends.
The owners plan to invest about $900,000 into the restaurant, financed with profits generated from Hana restaurant and funds from China. No loan will be required, according to the business proposal submitted to the Commons Mall.
Furnish said Cummins wanted to add an ethnic restaurant downtown, in part to expand the diversity of dining offerings, and in part to prevent competition among similarly themed downtown establishments.
Erin Hawkins, director of marketing for Columbus Area Visitors Center, said Taku will help create a more robust experience for locals and visitors.
“We’re thrilled to learn about this new dining option,” Hawkins said.
Zhuo said the family is finalizing architectural and interior design, and he expects construction to begin this fall, with an opening in March or April.
Furnish said that about 1,700 square feet of real estate space remain in the Cummins building and that Cummins is negotiating with potential tenants.