Taking over Kome’s now-old location on Airport Boulevard while the Japanese restaurant moves into its new home just a few blocks away is the expansion of Springdale Japanese-inspired cafe Sa-Ten Coffee & Eats in Hyde Park.
The move makes sense, since one of Sa-Ten’s co-owners, Kayo Asazu, also co-owns Kome. The second Sa-Ten is aiming to open in mid-December.
Sa-Ten on Airport Boulevard will serve up the same coffee menu, with the usual drinks and others like matcha lattes and iced Vietnamese coffee, all made with beans from Casa Brasil. Food is on deck too, and director of operations Elizabeth Hyman said that the menu will be similar to the original cafe. Sa-ten’s known for its lauded toasts, sandwiches, and curries. Beer and wine will also be served.
Kazuya Owada, who designed the original Kome space, will work on the renovations. Changes will include adding a coffee bar and turning the private dining room into a traditional tatami room with floor mat seating.
Asazu and co-owner Motoyasu Utsunomiya (one of the partners behind East Side King) opened the original Sa-Ten in September 2014. The new Kome will reopen on Tuesday, November 21 at 5301 Airport Boulevard.
This article has been updated to reflect Sa-ten’s new menu and the look of the tatami room.