Oki Japanese Steakhouse gets three licenses

Oki Japanese Steakhouse gets three licenses

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The North Providence Town Council approved three licenses for Oki Japanese Steakhouse this month, making way for the once-popular restaurant to come back from a bankruptcy-like receivership process.

Oki Japanese Steakhouse would operate much the same as it did in the past, offering patrons menu items like steak, seafood, and sushi cooked in front of them on a hibachi grill.

The Town Council, at its Jan. 7 meeting, approved a Class BV liquor license, a victualing license to sell food, and an entertainment license for small-scale musical acts. All three were contingent on the owners of Oki's getting all necessary approvals.

Representatives for Oki Japanese Steakhouse said the restaurant will be run by Yukio Oki, who previously operated the business for more than 30 years before transferring it to Hiromi "Gerry" Ichiba. The focus of Oki's will again be strictly the restaurant part of the business, said owners, while any entertainment will be secondary.

The new "Oki Japanese Steakhouse Inc." is a joint venture between Oki and Salvatore Esposito, the owner of the building in which the restaurant is located. The restaurant space at 1270 Mineral Spring Ave. has been undergoing extensive renovations, according to the owners, who have not indicated when they plan to reopen.

Oki Enterprises went into receivership last summer. Sal and Marie Esposito later purchased the restaurant's inventory, including the business name, for $10,500. Because the restaurant was shut down before Ichiba filed for receivership, the Oki business itself was neither in receivership or up for sale.