Peoria, AZ

Popular Japanese Restaurant Opening Second Location

Greyson F

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West Valley here in metro Phoenix has seen a considerable amount of growth in recent years. Thanks to the plentiful land and booming populations, more and more restaurant brands are opening up new locations in this area. For those who work or live in Peoria and the surrounding communities, there’s about to be a new restaurant option.

Kasai Japanese Steakhouse has been a popular Scottsdale restaurant for those looking to take in something different from the standard taco or burger joint. The Scottsdale edition of the restaurant has been open for over two decades now, with the Peoria restaurant being the first satellite location. It is set to open up in the Park West Shopping Complex, which provides ample parking for anyone interested in shopping, or simply grabbing a bite to eat. 

There are a number of other restaurants in the shopping complex, including destinations like Hash Kitchen, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, and Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers. The addition of a Japanese restaurant will offer guests a different taste and selection while stopping at one of the largest shopping complexes in the area. 

The new Kasai Japanese Steakhouse, which is currently scheduled to open either in the summer or the fall of next year, will maintain the same vibe as the Scottsdale destination, only at 7,000 square feet, it will be slightly smaller. There will be ample outdoor seating areas on the patio, plus the teppanyaki tables where chefs can prepare food in front of guests. 

This is not the only new location the owner of Kasai Japanese Steakhouse, Michael Russello, has in mind over the next several years. He also has sites on other Valley locations, including Phoenix, Chandler, and Gilbert. 

For years, the majority of locally-owned restaurants in the Valley were based mostly on the east side, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, and the surrounding neighborhoods. However, the push west has grown as the population shift has taken place, with West Valley communities expanding at a rapid rate. The west side of metro Phoenix is one of the fastest-growing regions in the entire United States, so these new, non-chain restaurants have ample opportunity and a market craving new restaurant destinations. 

Construction for the new restaurant in Peoria will begin this January. For anyone interested in updates on official announcements on opening dates, hours, and staffing needs, the best place to start is to follow Kasai’s Facebook page

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