Jin Modern Noodle House is opening at the Mix on Monterey Street at Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo.
The restaurant’s owner, Japanese businessman Tetsuro Kawashima, operates several international business ventures, including restaurants, as well as a professional horse training stable business in Japan.
Kawashima is connected to the Central Coast through his relationship with Wesley and Tracey Hatakeyama, friends and business associates who own and operate a professional horse training facility in Atascadero, said George Garcia, the local architect whose firm designed the four-story, mixed-use building.
Garcia’s firm was hired to design the new restaurant, which will seat up to 20 guests in about 1,000 square feet of space and include an outdoor patio at 1308 Monterey St. It is expected to open in mid-March.
Garcia does not have any stake in the restaurant. Kawashima would not outline his financial investment.
The restaurant will serve soba, udon and ramen noodle bowls at a sit-down bar, similar to those found at sushi bars. As well, there will be rice bowl dishes and imagawayaki, a Japanese dessert made of a pancake-like pastry filled with flavored cream. He has hired Hidehiko Nogi to be the master chef.
The noodle house will be open daily, and most likely from 11 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m., Garcia said. The restaurant hopes to capture the college crowd and the business lunchtime crowd along Monterey Street and in nearby neighborhoods.
Garcia said two of the five ground-floor retail spaces are left to be filled.
“We’re still talking to a number of people, but nothing is settled yet,” Garcia said.
The building, called the Mix at Monterey, also includes five office spaces and five apartment units, and it features built-in parking. The office spaces are full and one residential unit should be rented soon, he said.