Philly will get a different sort of Japanese eatery in January.
Maru Global Takoyaki, in a Washington Square West storefront (255 S. 10th St.), will feature the round pancakes known as takoyaki that are a Japanese street-food staple.
Chef Ryo Igarashi (a veteran of Jose Garces’ orbit) and his wife, Nicole (whose family owns Walt’s King of Crabs), are behind the 17-seater, which is aiming to do mainly takeout.
Ryo Igarashi will prepare takoyaki, stuffed with bits of seafood, meat, or cheese; grilled to order; and topped with sauces.
The couple says ingredients will be locally farmed, organic, and sustainable.
Opening is pegged for Jan. 25.