Wagaya Japanese Restaurant owner Takashi Otsuka plans to open another Japanese restaurant called Chirori next door in the former Better Half, What Now Atlanta reports. Better Half, a former Eater 38 Essential, closed last October after five years along 14th Street in the Home Park neighborhood.
Otsuka, who hopes to open Chirori by the end of May, says his new restaurant focuses on sake paired with robatayaki — meats and seafood grilled over hot charcoal. Chirori is a bottle used to warm sake.
The menu includes sake pairing suggestions ranging from 1.5 ounces to ten-ounce pours. Sake (fermented Japanese rice wine) is generally diluted with water to lower the alcohol-by-volume (ABV) content, which averages around 15 percent.