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Student-owned restaurant seeing success since opening

Five current and former students from Purdue's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management have bought their passion for food to West Lafayette when they opened Mukutan Ninja

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 5:42 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Five current and former students from Purdue's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management have bought their passion for food to West Lafayette.

They opened Mukutan Ninja at near the end of 2018 and have seen success since opening. The Asian-fusion style restaurant is styled after a traditional Japanese Izakaya.

It gets its the "Mukutan" from the Japanese word charcoal, as the restaurant prepares several signature dishes using charcoal grills.

Charlie Chen is one of the co-founders of the restaurant. He says the Asian-fusion style of cooking provides flavors everyone can enjoy.

"We're trying to think about all the audiences we can target in town. There are international students and there are local people who are used to different types of cuisine,” said Chen.

The restaurant offers a variety traditional Japanese dishes and grilled skewers. They are open every day for both lunch and dinner.

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