YUZU Announces Grand Opening Of New Lakewood Late-Night Concept

Global Comfort food served daily for dinner until 2am on Madison Avenue

YUZU Lakewood (yuzulakewood.com) announced the Grand Opening of their first restaurant, located in Lakewood at 13603 Madison Ave. The 100-seat restaurant reflects the core concept of the spirit of an Izakaya, Japan’s version of a warm local tavern, with simple, clean décor, serving yakitori and rice bowls.

The kitchen hosts a menu that features fresh, seasonal ingredients and the restaurant's signature menu items such as cusabi-panko fries, sake-soaked fried chicken, seasonal yakitori, as well as rice bowls from around the world. All meat is sourced locally from Blue Ribbon Meats. Dessert is sourced locally from Lakewood’s own Fear’s Confections and Amy Joy Ice Cream. The prices are uniformly affordable and we are open late every night until 2 a.m. (except Sunday).

The cocktail menu features wild and daring twists on classic cocktails—utilizing obscure ingredients normally not found in cocktail culture—such as the Bartender’s Blood, an unholy mix of jager, vermouth, fernet branca, crème de cocoa, and Rising Star cold press coffee. Equally as twisted is our version of the Manhattan, Stone & Webster, garnished with an absinthe-soaked gummi bear. Not all the cocktails are as advanced—our house bargain The Thrift Store is simply a random beer in a paper bag with an accompanying shot at the bartender’s mercy. The drinks, like the food, are meant to be affordable.

We are not a physical literal translation of an “Izakaya”—our representation is more in the spirit of an updated neighborhood bar; much like an Irish bar is to Ireland. Our goal is to create a warmth and hospitality beyond your typical bar, utilizing what’s fresh and available to create a delicious yet affordable dining experience. 

Open six days a week, YUZU is located in the heart of the Madison Lakewood District at 13603 Madison Avenue (next to Lakewood Village Tavern and a block away from Angelo’s), Lakewood OH 44107. The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Major credit cards are accepted. Takeout is also available. Call 440.799.8343 for info, or visit www.yuzulakewood.com; you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram with the handle yuzulakewood

David Bumba

owner of Yuzu Lakewood

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