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Tokyo nightlife-inspired bar Domo Alley-Gato reopening in East Austin after long break

Eric Webb
Austin 360
Domo Alley-Gato in East Austin will reopen on April 21 after a long pandemic dormancy.

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After an extended dormancy, Domo Alley-Gato will reopen for service on April 21, the Tatsu-Ya restaurant group announced this week. In the early days of the pandemic, the outdoor bar served to-go options, pressing pause in May of 2020 before reopening its East Austin patio that September as a dining space for neighboring sister restaurant, Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

The outdoor hangout first opened in 2018 as a concept modeled after two kinds of Japanese bars: tachinomiya, or standing bars, and yokocho, which translates to “alleyways off to the side of a main street.” The experience at Domo Alley-Gato is meant to evoke nightlife in big-city Japan, according to its founders. 

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“We wanted to create an immersive environment where people can relax, enjoy unique drinks and food, and feel as if they stumbled into the back alleys of Tokyo,” Ramen Tatsu-Ya co-owner Tatsu Aikawa said in a statement when the bar first opened.

Upon Domo Alley-Gato's return, fans can expect their favorite cocktails, sakés and beers, as well as other creative drinks, like Kirin Ichiban Cold Caps and the bar's DIY Chu-Hi, a menu that lets people pick their spirit and a house-made tonic to mix in.

Domo Alley-Gato's menu includes a teriyaki beef frank in a fried panko brioche bun topped with Domo Karē chili.

The bar's menu will include its Karē Ban Ban Dog, a teriyaki beef frank in a fried panko brioche bun topped with Domo Karē chili, as well as small dishes like pork dumplings, twice-fried chicken karaage with garlic aioli, and spicy edamame.

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Domo Alley-Gato will be open from 4 p.m. midnight daily. For more info, go to domo-tatsuya.com.