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'Newdle Bar' Not Your Typical Asian Cuisine

Bar, restaurant coming to downtown Kent redevelopment

Hiroshi Tsuji and Josalyn Barton believe they've got the perfect recipe of healthy, exotic cuisine and nightlife to create Kent's next trendiest hang out.

Tsuji and Barton will open "Newdle Bar," a combination Asian restaurant and bar, late this summer in the , which is under construction at the corner of Haymaker Parkway and South Water Street downtown.

Tsuji said their business model is similar to WagaMama, a London-based noodle bar, and the noodle bar and restaurants that have exploded in popularity in New York City and other major metropolitan areas in recent years.

"It's a very healthy, trendy type of food," he said.

Tsuji is no stranger to the restaurant business. He's opened 12 different businesses throughout Northeast Ohio during his 30-year career, including traditional Japanese restaurant .

He said the dining focus of Newdle Bar is on a healthier option.

"It's not a typical Chinese, Japense or Asian type of restaurant," Tsuji said.

The new Kent bar and restaurant has 3,200 square feet and will feature about 120 seats and a 40 foot long bar.

Barton said the bar will include TVs for major sporting events, but the decor will not envoke your average college bar atmosphere. A Lyndhurst resident, Barton will serve as general manager in Kent.

"We're going with a very clean look," she said.

She said they hope to become a part of the Kent community by taking part in downtown events. Tsuji's other restaurants occassionally hold their own funraising events for local charities.

The Kent business space remains under construction in the new downtown building, but it's location is the second space south from the alley way.

Barton and Tsuji are hopeful to open the space as early as mid August but want to at least be open by Labor Day weekend.

"We're kind of at the mercy of construction," Barton said.

Barton said they are accepting applications for new employees. Anyone interested in a job at Newdle Bar can email Jos@newdlebar-kent.com.

Randy Durant June 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM
These very nice people were admitted into the Funky Ladles circle of positive vibes, yesterday. Joselyn and "Kirry"(his already newly coined nickname)..could not be a more friendly and deserving pair of brains behind this concept. They will have the full support of Funky Ladles.
Rebekah Cotton June 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Psyched! I love WagaMama!
Sarah Skibiski June 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM
We are getting some really great eateries in Kent!
Garret Ferrara June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM
It just keeps getting better and better to be in Kent!! All the years we have had to wait for different dining options in Kent are finally paying off
Paxton Crenshaw June 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
so glad we waited.
Drew June 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
This is good news - we've been craving noodles and the only place nearby I've found is Noodle Cat, downtown Cleveland - so this place will be fairly unique to the Kent area.
Dave Mail June 12, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Great to get an Osoba place downtown. Now all we need is an Indian eatery.
Jim Williams June 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I was hoping for a noodle joint! What a great fit for Kent.
Dave P. June 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Wagamama rocks. Great to hear that this will be the model.
Doug Wagener June 13, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I've been to Wagamama near Piccadilly in London and I loved it. I am very happy to hear that this place is opening.
Josalyn Barton June 13, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Hiroshi and I enjoyed a Delicious afternoon break at Funky Ladles! The soup is amazing and Randy could not have been more welcoming! We are so excited to be a part of Kent's community! Thank you :)
David Badagnani June 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
What kind of noodles will they offer?
Carole Kane June 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I agree that an Indian restaurant in KENT would be nice. "Bombay Sitar" in North Canton is very nice. Recently opened "Jaipur Junction" is in Hudson.
Carole Kane June 14, 2012 at 07:24 PM
What is a noodle bar? Examples of cuisine?
William B Budner ESQ. June 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
noodles.
William B Budner ESQ. June 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
noodles.
Randy Durant June 14, 2012 at 08:25 PM
What William said. I mean really. How much more explanation is necessary??
Doug Wagener June 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
According to the article, the menu will be styled after Wagamama. Here's a potion of their menu, just for an idea - beyond just saying "noodles"... http://www.wagamama.com/food/static/hungry
William B Budner ESQ. June 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM
give a man a google link he will follow that link, teach a man to google...
David Badagnani February 06, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Did it open?
mjonsie March 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM
My husband and I were in with some friends on Friday night - the experience was not good. Some may be attributable to the newness, but some really cannot given the experience of the owner and manager above. We waited over two hours and did not get our food, we ended up leaving for Pufferbelly instead. Too bad, eagerly awaiting opening: 1) We asked for the progress of our food 45min and 1 hour after ordering, and did not get a response from our server, we then asked the GM (above) at the 75min after, we were assured that we would have food “20 minutes out” (exact quote from the GM), 2) at that time, the GM offered us a round of free drinks and 50% off of our food bill, 3) only 4 (out of 6) ordered drinks, instead, we asked for something from the sushi bar as we were all starving at 90 min, we were told that we would have to pay for them at 50% off, 4) we ordered one each of The California and Fresh Alaska rolls, but they used smoked salmon in the Fresh Alaska, 5) GM was spotted sitting at the end of the row of booths by the wall playing with a customer's baby, several times, 6) at 105min after, the waitress came out to tell us that one of our orders was no longer available, 6) we asked to leave about two hours ordering, the GM (after being seated and playing with said baby several times) let us leave without paying for about $60 worth of drinks and sushi, 7) the waitress was sent to handle most of the issues at our table and was caught in a bad situation, tipped $10.
moral concerned kent historian neighbor man March 09, 2013 at 08:14 PM
you waited 2 hours? who waits for 2 hours? what's even more ridiculous, however, is going to the pufferbelly afterwards - blech.

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