September 15 2019

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Going Before Planning Board for Mall Location

By: Rich Hosford

A unique restaurant concept looking to locate in Burlington will be before the Planning Board this week. 


Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, which is looking to set up shop in The Village at Burlington Mall in the former Sears Tire and Battery location at 85 Middlesex Turnpike, will be before the board on Thursday, September 19. The restaurant is looking to occupy 3,329 square feet of the redevelopment project. 


The special permit application cover letter says the Japanese restaurant “offers a unique dining experience by providing specially designed in-table roasters for customers to cook individual cuts of food delivered via wait staff.”


According to the restaurant’s website, there are over 700 Gyu-Kaku restaurants worldwide, and the first U.S. location opened in West Los Angeles in 2001. 


“Our Award Winning Restaurant was awarded the Hot Concept Award in 2007 and the demand keeps growing,” they say. “Our fun and exciting experience allows for everyone to enjoy barbecuing at their table. The best part? Our Smokeless Roaster. With our downdraft system, the smoke is sucked into the bottom of the table and away from guests.”


The website also explains the name and the concept of the restaurant. 

Gyu-Kaku, meaning ‘Horn of the Bull’ in Japanese, provides the authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue) dining experience where customers share premium cooked meats over a flaming charcoal grill, while sipping on Japanese sake, shochu, and frosty cold beers,” it reads. “Gyu-Kaku offers a wide range of meats including the best-seller Harami Skirt Steak in Miso Marinade and Certified Angus Kalbi Short Rib in Tare Sweet Soy Marinade.”


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