Todd Dae Kulper came to Philly in early 2010 to open Ro-Zu, what turned out to be an amazingly short-lived sushi specialty shop at Seventh and Bainbridge Streets. (It's now Big Eyes Sushi, run by Morimoto alums Sam and Sugi Wijaya.)
Kulper then took up with the guys from the Khyber Pass/Royal Tavern/Cantina Los Caballitos/Cantina Dos Segundos universe, and plans unfolded for an izakaya, a Japanese bar operation.
In February, Kulper hosted a one-off izakaya night at the Khyber Pass.
Now, I can tell you that plans are very much on the go for Royal Sushi & Izakaya, and the location will be 782 S. Second St. in Queen Village, the old La Grolla and Il Villagio. (You may remember that earlier last year, a steak house was planned for the space, but that project collapsed.)