A Fan storefront has been reborn as a Japanese eatery following a Korean joint’s recent closure.
Kirin Asian Cuisines opened last month at 302-304 N. Robinson St. – the third restaurant concept to occupy the space in 13 months.
Boka Tako Bar closed in November 2018 after four years there, and J Kogi took over the spot shortly after but closed during the summer.
Poke bowls, stir-fried noodles, fried rice and Donburi, a Japanese rice bowl dish, headline Kirin’s menu. Owner Mike Mai previously owned Mai Sushi in the Village Shopping Center in the West End. Mai’s brother, Kevin Mak, owns Akida Japanese Restaurant at 606 N. Sheppard St. in the Museum District.
“I’ve been in sushi for more than 20 years. I didn’t want to do it (here) because it’s too close to my brother,” Mai said, laughing. “So I’m trying something else.”
Kirin’s poke bowls start at $11. The restaurant also serves Japanese beers, including Kirin Ichiban and Sapporo, as well as sake and wine.
Kirin is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It’s closed Sunday.
Mai is leasing the 1,300-square-foot space that includes six booths and a bar. Nathan Hughes of Sperity Real Estate Ventures represented the landlord in the lease.