Chapel Street restaurant Mr. Miyagi is adding a new space to its current Windsor venue: somewhere for queuing diners to sip sake and sample Japanese street food while they wait for a spot at the restaurant.

The venue has been a big success since opening in 2013. Now co-owners Andy Restein and Kristian Klein will open a connected bar. “There’s often a waitlist,” says Restein. “We want to give people a good time without them having to leave.”

So they knocked down a wall and expanded into an adjoining two-storey warehouse space hidden from the Chapel Street frontage. Profile is collaborating on a fit-out that Restein says will be “more feminine” than the main restaurant, featuring curved timber.

The name of the bar is still under wraps (staff is referring to it only as “Miyagi’s mistress”). Food will still come from the Miyagi kitchen, but from a smaller, street-style menu of snacks, designed to, “get the mouth watering, ready for the real deal in the restaurant”. The main event will be the cocktails; Restein says the new project will expand on the playful tone set by Miyagi signatures such as the Hello Kitty Sour and the Astro Boy, a springboard for a good night out.

The new venture is scheduled to open in November.

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