Twokoi Japanese Cuisine opened today in the historic Carlton Building in downtown
Tacoma, near the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
It's a "soft opening," said general manager Mai-Lee Bowyer. The grand opening will happen in October.
The menu – which Bowyer calls traditional and fusion Japanese cuisine served in an "upscale, but not stuffy shirt, a casual-polished" atmosphere -- doesn't even have prices on it yet. For lunch today, entrees were priced $10 and appetizers $5.
Twokoi will be open tonight, Saturday and Sunday from 5-8 p.m. Bowyer said she'll decided next week's lunch schedule and hours in the next few days. She said the plan is to eventually stay open until 2 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays to provide downtown's restaurant workers a place to get a late meal or a nightcap.
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Young "Jackie" Koh, formerly of downtown Tacoma's Fujiya, is the executive chef and a co-owner. In addition to sushi, teriyaki, yakisoba and katsu, Koh's menu also features sauteed geoduck and tuna and salmon carpaccio.
The bar currently features 27 filtered and unfiltered sakes, some by the glass. Bowyer, who formerly owned an Outback Steakhouse in Olympia, said she hopes to eventually feature 40 sakes.
Twokoi Japanese Cuisine
1552 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 253-274-8999