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Watertown’s Arsenal Yards Lands First U.S. Location of International Yakitori Chain Tori Jiro

Watertown’s Arsenal Yards Lands First U.S. Location of International Yakitori Chain Tori Jiro

Watertown, MA– Despite their popularity and high visibility, mixed development efforts have drawn no small share of detractors. Critics have long pointed out the cultural and social homogeneity conjured by their very presence, and more often than not, a subsequent economic displacement is in store. Like them or loathe them, they’re an indelible part of urban life. And they’re spreading to the most unlikely places.

Arsenal Yards in Watertown is simply the latest in a long chain of Boston-area commercial and residential hubs slated for construction over the next few years. And they’ve already had both national and local mega-retailers vying for business, including Chipotle, Pokeworks, Marshall’s and City House Brew Pub. Now, they’re attracting international interest with the announcement of the first U.S. location of Japanese yakitori chain Tori Jiro.

"Boston is one of my favorite cities and I was looking to open my first U.S. location somewhere nearby that had the action of the city with a welcoming neighborhood feel," stated Tori Jiro founder Yuki Watanabe in a press release. "We're excited to be a part of the growth of East End Watertown and to share a taste of Japan with Arsenal Yards."

Tori Jiro currently boasts over 60 restaurants in Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Italy. Arsenal Yards will be the first domestic location and is slated to open by the end of 2019.

Among the dishes you can expect at Tori Jiro will include the inevitable chicken yakitori and karaage, sumibiyaki skewers, and Watanabe’s specialty—charcoal grilled chicken meatballs served in a spicy Tare sauce served with egg yolk.

"Tori Jiro is unlike anything else in the area and fits in well with the unique vibe that we're creating at Arsenal Yards," Boylston Properties’ Bill McQuillan said. "We're pretty pumped that Yuki chose to introduce his yakitori to the U.S. at Arsenal Yards – it really speaks to how cool the neighborhood is going to be."

If you’re pretty “pumped” that a “unique vibe” fits in well with the Boylston Properties brand—which also includes City Place and the Longwood Galleria in its portfolio—you may be one of the few.

Image via Flickr / Mathieu Thouvenin