The eatery, which bills itself as “urban Asian cuisine,” will replace Domo Yakitori and Sushi, which opened in 2020 at Van Aken.
Ninja City’s flagship location is in Cleveland’s Gordon Square neighborhood, at 6706 Detroit Ave.
Van Aken is at 3441 Tuttle Road in Shaker Heights, at Warrensville Center Road and Chagrin Boulevard. Its Market Hall holds an amalgamation of stalls – diverse cuisines and fast-casual service, from coffee to bread to sandwiches and more. Ninja City’s stall will be in the back near seating options. A patio also is available in the front of Market Hall, whose culinary tenants include Lox, Stock and Brisket; Banter, Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Old Brooklyn Cheese and others.
While Fallon said, “We would love nothing else to be open by Memorial Day,” the usual bureaucratic holdups probably will force some delays. But he added construction and health-department plans are being submitted so “it won’t take a super long time.”
Fallon grew up in Shaker Heights, a five-minute walk from Van Aken, so he appreciates resources being nearby as well as people who are familiar with the eatery.
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