New Kobe Steak House of Japan opens

WICHITA — The new Kobe Steak House of Japan opened in the former Playa Azul space at 21st and Tyler today.

In June, owners Jim Hamlin and Jim West told Have You Heard? they planned to merge their former Derby business with their Kobe near 21st and Maize Road in new west-side space.

“We completely gutted the 4,900 square feet (and) came back in with all new everything,” Hamlin says.

“It was a very extensive remodel,” says Adam Clements of Builders Inc., who handled the deal.

“The new facade looks great,” Clements says. “They have given it kind of a fun oriental spin.”

Hamlin says the restaurant has a lot of light and has an expanded bar area.

“It’s really fun inside,” Clements says. “I think it’ll be really well received.”