Campus favorite Don Japanese Kitchen is back again with a brick and mortar, after hitting the brakes on its food truck in late April. The new spot sticks close to home near its former parking lot slot, taking over Japanese restaurant Daito's vacated space.
Don’s new menu still keeps true to the food truck, with the now-famed donburi bowls made with a heaping amount of rice, lettuce, choice of fillings (pork belly, chicken, agedashi tofu), and vegetables; its delectable chicken karaage (enough with plenty of leftovers); along with new items, like salmon.
Don been a staple among UT students, where lines stretching around the corner often formed right before it opened at noon, with high possibility of selling out. UT alum Edward Sumner opened the truck in the summer of 2015.
Don reopened in early May, with a grand opening party to come soon. For now, it's open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every day. Lunch hours will be added later.
Owner Takuo Adachi closed Daito in March because he found it was difficult to run a proper Japanese restaurant in the city. He's still open to creating another restaurant.
— Irvianne Torremoro