In search of Detroit-style pizza in Seattle? We have exciting news for you.
Say hello to your weekend plans, Seattle. Poised to open in Capitol Hill this Saturday, September 10, Kōbo is a Detroit-style pizza restaurant bolstered with Japanese-influenced flavors and snacks. It is the latest venture of Japanese-American celebrity chef Shota Nakajima (who you may know from Top Chef) and will be located right next door to his popular fried chicken restaurant Taku.
Keep reading for all the tasty details!
Situated within the kitchen of Redhook Brewlab and next door to Nakajima’s fried chicken restaurant Taku, Kōbo will help to bring a “food court” vibe to the block according to Nakajima. Visitors to Redhook Brewlab will now get to enjoy Kōbo’s menu of Detroit-style pizza embellished with Japanese-inspired touches such as Taku fried chicken, shredded cabbage, and Kewpie mayonnaise. Even the pizza dough will be similar to the sweetness of Japanese milk bread and the chewy texture of mochi. There will also be bar snacks that have an emphasis on umami, like pretzel bites smothered in miso beer cheese.
As part of this collaboration, Redhook Brewlab will be offering a new beer that they developed with Nakajima. The new brew’s flavor is described by Eater as “a red rice gose made with strawberry, raspberry, and two steps of koji fermentation (the mold used to make sake) along with a regular beer yeast fermentation, for extra umami and a longer, balanced aftertaste.”
We can’t wait to try the new beer along with The Hot Neighbor—a pizza covered with Taku fried chicken, koji hot sauce, jack cheese, and cilantro—when Kōbo opens this Saturday. We’d never say no to more Detroit-style pizza in Seattle, but it’s Nakajima’s inventive flavors that have us excited to pull up to the Redhook Brewlab counter this weekend.
One last fun fact: Kōbo means “yeast” in Japanese!
Location: 714 East Pike Street
Hours: Wed-Sat: 5:00 to 9:30 p.m; Sun: 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.