Though only three weeks old, Maplewood's newest restaurant, Robata (7260 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-899-9595), is packing the house with diners eager to sample its traditional Japanese cooking.
Located in a former Church's Chicken on Manchester Road near Southwest Avenue, Robata is Maplewood's first ramen bar — a trend that is slowly creeping its way into the St. Louis market. The restaurant is owned by Thom and Emily Chantharasy, former partners of the now-shuttered Sekisui. The pair announced their plans for the concept last December and had hoped to open by February, but a full-gut rehab of the former fast-food restaurant took longer than expected.
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