Kohana is owned by local restaurateur Doris Cheung; it’s the sister restaurant to Kohana locations in Clarksville and the Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville. It's a real family business; employees include Doris' sister Bobo and father Raymond, a sushi chef.
The menu features many of the standards of Japanese cuisine in America: teriyaki, tempura, noodles and katsu. But the Kohana folks are especially proud of their sushi lineup: 70 different sushi rolls, and if that’s not enough variety, diners can customize their own.
Kohana is working to secure a liquor license, but until then you can bring your own bottle of wine with no corking fee.
Closed Mondays, Kohana serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday (the restaurant closes for a couple hours between lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday). The phone number is 915-2415.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the same strip on Richard Jones, Alegria Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar is poised to open in the next week or two. The owner is restaurateur Georges Haddad.
Describing its food as “modern Mexican” cuisine, Alegria has posted some impressive interior shots on Facebook, with bright, splashy colors, cozy booths and chic chandeliers. We hear Alegria will seat 200 diners, with 60 more spots out on the margarita-friendly patio. There's also a private party room.
Alegria promises an extensive tequila menu. They are also currently taking draft-beer suggestions on Facebook.
Auto-centric Green Hills diners will be happy to know there's a 400-car garage behind the restaurant.
Haddad plans to open the doors later this month. (The target date is Friday, July 13, give or take a few days.) For updates, follow Alegria Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar on Facebook, or @TasteOfAlegria on Twitter.
A version of this story appeared in my Food Biz column in this week's print edition of The City Paper and online at Nashville Post.