‘Ambassador of Japanese Cuisine’ Opening Cafe and Bar On East 10th

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The original location of Rai Rai Ken, which recently moved down two doors, will soon become Hi Collar, a Japanese café and bar.

Bon Yagi, the owner of Rai Rai Ken, said the ramen joint’s replacement would offer “unique” Japanese-style coffee and espresso drinks — some of them brewed with soy beans and siphon coffee makers.

“This type of coffee is more personalized,” said the neighborhood’s “ambassador for Japanese cuisine” (Mr. Yagi also owns Cha-An, Curry Ya, Decibel, Hasaki, Otafuku, Shabu-Tatsu, Sobaya, and Robataya).

A small food menu will offer Japanese-style sandwiches during the day and tapas that go well with drinks at night.

The narrow space at 214 East 10th Street, between First and Second Avenues, will be decorated to evoke Japan’s “taisho” period in the 1920s, an era of increased westernization similar to our own flapper movement.

Mr. Yagi expects Hi Collar to be open in about a month and a half, seven days a week from noon to midnight.