A taste of Japan is coming to downtown Lindenhurst.
Friends Zach Rude, Vin D’Eletto, and Rachel Voges are teaming up to launch Bakuto on 121 North Wellwood Avenue, in the former home of Angelo’s Pizzeria.
Currently, Zach Rude serves as the executive chef of Verde Kitchen & Cocktails in Bay Shore, while Voges is the establishment’s general manager.
Rude and D’Eletto have known each other from their teenage years.
“Vin is one of my oldest friends and we’ve been talking about doing something together forever,” said Rude.
Together, the three designed the concept of an authentic Japenese restaurant — something that is missing in the area.
“There is nothing like this around here,” said Rude, who lives in Babylon. “I heard rumblings that this town was turning around, we came and looked at it and there is so much about to happen here, so much promise.”
The eatery will have a Japanese izakaya-style, which is pub-type setting, according to Bakuto.
“It is super casual but upscale at the same time,” explained Rude. “Really good cocktails and sake, and great food to eat with your drinks.”
The laid-back feel stems to the restaurant’s name, which is the namesake of an organization that ran gambling in Japan from the 18th century to the mid-20th century.
“We want to have a theme of excess, gluttony, and including all your vices,” said Rude.
According to the ownership team, there will be four main focuses to the menu.
There will be a robata grill (a Japenese style of grilling over charcoal), a crudo section (raw fish), steamed buns, and ramen and other variations of noodles.
There will be seating for 53 patrons — 13 at the bar and the rest open seating at tables.
The group signed the lease two months ago and eyes a summer launch.
“I am super excited for this,” said Voges. “I trust Zach, he is an awesome chef and is going to do very well.”
Scroll down to see renderings of the future Bakuto.