The popular local sushi restaurant Dragon King’s Daughter is moving its New Albany location and adding new offerings.
Ryan Westphal, manager of Dragon King’s Daughter’s New Albany store, told Insider Louisville that the restaurant would leave its current Bank Street site in favor of a space at First and Market streets, which is roughly double the size.
Dragon King’s Daughter will open in the new space, a former bridal shop, in late June or early July, he said. The restaurant will close for one to two weeks before its reopening.
“In our five years here, we have fallen in love with the community, in love with the people,” Westphal said, adding: “It is time to upgrade.”
The new location is closer to the Ohio River, multiple municipal buildings and other successful restaurants, and has a number of parking options nearby. The space will have a main dining room, a semiprivate dining area that will hold up to 40 people and a 21-and-older bar and lounge.
“This is really a celebration of us making it and really getting to do things we’ve wanted to do,” Westphal said. “If anything the atmosphere is a lot nicer and a lot more comfortable, but we still want to be very approachable.”
The bar and lounge will “offer a more grown-up experience,” Westphal said, adding that parents trying to enjoy a date night without the kids may prefer the lounge to the family-friendly dining room.
The lounge also will include something new to the Louisville and southern Indiana region — a robata grill where different proteins and vegetables are cooked over charcoal.
“It’s pretty much Japanese barbecue; that’s a pretty general way to say it,” Westphal explained.
Also new to Dragon King’s Daughter’s menu in New Albany will be traditional ramen dishes, he said, teasing that future menu changes are in the works for the restaurant’s Highlands location as well.
Dragon King’s Daughter is seeking 8 to 10 new employees to join its nearly 20-person staff in New Albany. Open positions are available in the front of house and kitchen.
“We absolutely love downtown New Albany; we are looking to grow with it,” Westphal said.