The famous Japanese restaurant could open in Forest Grove as early as January.

Syun Izakaya, the Hillsboro sushi restaurant once voted one of the best Japanese restaurants in the country, reportedly has plans to open a second location in downtown Forest Grove next year.STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL  - The Japanese restaurant opened in Hillsboro in 1999 and is reportedly opening a second location downtown Forest Grove.

Syun Izakaya, 209 N.E. Lincoln St., is one of Washington County's most famous restaurants. Located in the basement of a historic Carnegie Library building in downtown Hillsboro since 1999, the restaurant has made a name for itself with its small plate offerings and one of the largest selections of sake in the Pacific Northwest.

Syun Izakaya's owner, Fusako Imai plans to open a location on Main Street in Forest Grove next to Daniela's Gifts on Main, 2036 Main St., according to Daniela Powell, whose husband co-owns the building Syun Izakaya will occupy. Syun Izakaya did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

While there is no confirmed date, Powell said the restaurant could open as early as January.

"We are so excited to have her here in Forest Grove," Powell wrote in a message to Pamplin Media Group last week. "She loves it here and with how successful she has been in Hillsboro for 20 years, she's sure to be here for the long haul."

The restaurant has received praise from customers, food reviewers and local publications for years for its traditional Japanese fare and izakaya style. It was once named one of the Top 15 Japanese Restaurants in America by Zagat Survey.

In a relaxed atmosphere,

izakaya-style food is served on

platters meant to be shared by friends — similar to Spanish tapas — with sake shared from large bottles.

By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
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