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Owners of Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, Bay Shore's stellar Mexican restaurant, are expected to open a Japanese spot in Lindenhurst this spring featuring grilled fare, crudo, steamed buns, and yakitori.
"I'm super excited," said Zachary Rude, executive chef-partner of the Bay Shore eatery. Before Verde, he'd prepared Japanese fare at The Hideaway at Fire Island's Ocean Beach. "I'm returning to my first sandbox." Friends associated with Verde also are at work on the new restaurant.
Rude said the Japanese restaurant, to be called Bakuto, is expected to open in "May or June." It will be an izakaya-style establishment, akin to a Japanese pub or tavern. Rude said a robata grill will be imported from Japan for charcoal and wood-fueled cooking.
He expects prices in the $17 to $22 range for robatayaki, $12 to $14 for buns, and $4 to $8 or $9 for yakitori skewers. The menus, he added, "will be ever-rotating."
Bakuto recenty received the necessary permits to start work at the site, which formerly housed a Quiznos sub sandwich shop and Angelo, a pizzeria, according to Rude. The restaurant will be at 121 N. Wellwood Ave., near the Lindenhurst railroad station.
The name Bakuto whimsically refers to the traveling gamblers in 18th to 20th century Japan. They were among the forerunners of the yakuza, members of organized crime syndicates. Rude said the name was chosen to suggest the temptations and excesses that await.
Verde Kitchen & Cocktails earned a two-star rating in Newsday. It was named one of Long Island's 10 best Latin restaurants for 2018 on Newsday's annual Top 100 list.
Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, 70 Main St., Bay Shore, 631-665-6300, verdekitchen.com