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A New Kind of Beer Garden is Coming

A New Kind of Beer Garden is Coming

A hot summer evening in Japan means a trip to the beer garden—often perched atop a bustling department store of all places. There, the Japanese sip on refreshing chuhais (shochu-based cocktails), ice-cold Sapporo and snacks that compliment drinking. Come spring 2015, Washingtonians will be able to experience something similar at Umaya. The forthcoming restaurant located near CityCenterDC will offer an izakaya-style menu featuring everything from yakisoba and yakitori to rare cuts of sushi. We previewed what to expect from sous chef Calvin Yin, chef Munehiro Yonemoto, and Marco Maffeo-Robinson, whom we snapped. Calvin and Munehiro have worked together at Arlington’s Sushi Rock and Kushi, while Marco most recently crafted cocktails at POV