WaGaYa Owner To Open ‘Chirori’ in Former Better Half Space Next Door

The Japanese restaurant is in permitting with the City.

UPDATE (April 24, 2019): Details Revealed For Chirori, The Japanese Eatery Replacing Better Half in Home Park

Takashi Otsuka, owner of ramen go to WaGaYa, is planning Chirori for the Home Park neighborhood of Atlanta.

The Japanese restaurant would replace Better Half, adjacent WaGaYa’s original location, at 349 14th St NW.

Better Half closed its doors in October.

Chirori, the text translation of the Japanese characters 銚釐, means “a bottle in which saké is heated.”

A permit application Thursday was filed with the City of Atlanta for the restaurant.

Details are scarce but What Now Atlanta (WNA) did uncover a mood board for the restaurant on Otsuka’s personal Pinterest page.

Otsuka could be working with Thiesen Interiors on the restaurant’s design.

Britni Theisen, the owner of Thiesen Interiors, is the only person following Otsuka’s “Chirori” board on the social media platform.

Otsuka and Theisen did not immediately respond to WNA’s request for comment.


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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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