Readers have been asking for updates on the arrival of Japanese import CoCo Ichibanya. Specializing in curry rice, one of the national dishes in Japan, the eatery is known for a customizable menu that lets diners choose their preferred level of spice and how much rice they can eat. Base curry plates come with everything from chicken and pork cutlets to vegetable croquettes and fried squid, with additional toppings that include sausages, garlic shrimp, and mushrooms. The extremely popular chain has more than 1,400 locations worldwide, but just a few in the U.S., mostly concentrated in the Los Angeles area. CoCo IchiCurry,
Though it was originally scheduled to land in Kearny Mesa on Convoy Street this spring, the launch was subsequently postponed until summer. Citing delays surrounding the pandemic, the company tells Eater that they are diligently working to find the quickest and safest way to open. Construction was scheduled to start this month with the goal of opening their doors for service at the beginning of 2021.