Steve Mahoney’s newest concept Hanzó is an “izakaya,” or informal Japanese gastropub, where patrons can enjoy handcrafted elixirs and small plates.

“I’ve always been fascinated by Japanese culture, their attention to detail and just really their artistry and their craftsmanship. They’re just very dedicated to trying to achieve perfection, even if it takes a lifetime,” Mahoney said.

Hanzó, which opened May 18, is at 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 in Dijon Heights. Mahoney described it as a welcoming, casual neighborhood bar.

This is Mahoney’s latest watering hole. He also owns Blue Box, George’s Keep and Francis Bogside, which is being repaired after a fire last October.

Cocktails at Hanzó use fresh-pressed juices, infusions and bitters, all made in-house with Japanese ingredients.

Popular drinks are the Matcha Matcha Man made with matcha green tea, Shiso Thursty with nigori sake, and Southern Root with fresh carrot juice, tequila and mezcal.

“It is a very approachable menu. For the summertime, it’s pretty light and bright.” — General Manager Christine Hill

Beer and sake can also be procured.

Several tiny meals created by Executive Chef Justin Richardson are available. He tried to build off the cocktail menu to keep the food items “casual but cheeky,” he said.

Dishes include the pork gyoza, handmade dumplings with napa cabbage and a dipping sauce and the salmon temaki, two hand rolls filled with the Atlantic fish, tossed in soy and fresh sushi rice in a soy wrapper, and topped with panko fried avocado stuffed with crab.

“When we were building the menu and developing everything, we wanted to stay true to what is traditionally done and keep all the relevance,” Richardson said.

Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Deejay Gibb is there Friday evenings, and karaoke is every Saturday night.

Daily hours for the kitchen are 4-10 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the bar.


7701 Broadway, Suite 124

For more, call 826-1488 or visit hanzobar.com or facebook.com/hanzobarsa


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