Bel­gian beer & Ja­panese snacks

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“We just want to bring some­thing new and fun to Hal­i­fax,” says Cather­ine Luo, re­gional man­ager of the Sushi Nami restau­rant fam­ily. Af­ter over a decade of open­ing sushi and Ja­panese restau­rants across the city, the down­town lo­ca­tion of Sushi Nami Royale— which has moved from its Dres­den Row home to 1458 Queen Street—will open Septem­ber 1, with a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra up its sleeve. In ad­di­tion to the dishes and fishes the restau­rant is known for, the lo­ca­tion will op­er­ate as an iza­kaya restau­rant, dish­ing up Ja­panese bar food that’s de­signed to be shared and con­sumed with beer and sake.

“We want to let peo­ple know what iza­kaya is, and how to iza­kaya,” says Luo. The restau­rant will have a new look along with the new iza­kaya menu—with snacks like chicken wings, skew­ers and lob­ster sashimi— which will tar­get the af­ter-work crowd. Luo says when it comes to iza­kaya, it’s all about the at­mo­sphere and the en­ergy, which Sushi Nami hopes to pro­vide. “Even if you’re by your­self, you don’t feel like you’re by your­self,” she says. “We hope to let peo­ple know why iza­kaya is so pop­u­lar.”

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