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“The Family is one of Nature’s Masterpieces”

Welcome to KOEN, a unique Japanese BBQ and Sushi experience!  Sharing a meal has always been a cultural cornerstone that brings people together from all walks of life.  KOEN in Japanese simply means, “A gathering place” where creating lasting memories with family, friends, and loved ones is built right into your table, literally! 

KOEN is the only restaurant in Lincoln, NE where you can enjoy authentic Japanese BBQ flavors pre-marinated and brought to you plated and ready to grill to your liking.  Every guest becomes a world-class chef with personal smoke-less grills built right into each table.  Specially designed ventilation systems pull smoke away and vent completely outside, so you can relax in a clean and healthy atmosphere.  And if family style grilling isn’t your goal, come in and relax with an Asian inspired cocktail, partake in daily happy hour specials, or order fresh-made sushi for dine in or carry out.  Online ordering is also available.  

5 Steps to Becoming an official KOEN Grill Master:

1. Choose from a diverse menu of specialty cut, thinly-sliced portions of premium beef, pork, poultry, seafood, and fresh vegetables.

2. Add authentic Japanese house-made sides served family style to complement your meal.

3. Select from 6 KOEN signature flavor marinades and dipping sauces.

4. Grill each entrée personally, mixing and matching signature sauces to create your own memorable flavor profiles.

5. Enjoy your masterpiece with family, friends, and loved ones!

What is Japanese BBQ?

Japanese BBQ, also called “yakiniku”, is the Japanese take on Korean BBQ which simply means grilling pre-marinated thinly-sliced premium cuts of protein on a gas or charcoal grill.  The Japanese then placed their own spin on the concept and added soy and gochujang based dipping sauces making the final dish completely unique.  This hybrid technique became widespread in Japan after WWII and ventilated grills finally came about in the 1980’s making dining experiences more comfortable.  Restaurants featuring this type of cooking have only recently surfaced in the United States in larger metropolitan cities with the closest being in Chicago, IL. 

KOEN’s Visionary – Brian Choi

Brian attended business and culinary school in the United States and Korea.  To this day, he continues to travel all over the world relentlessly searching for inspiring new trends and culinary ideas to implement in his restaurants.  He got his first official apron dirty helping his family run Shogun Japanese Restaurant, a local Lincoln tradition.  Brian then purchased Kinja on 70th and Pioneers in 2010 and continues to successfully serve Lincolnites as the #1 Go-To destination to satisfy sushi cravings.  While he enjoys owning and operating Kinja, Brian found that he seriously missed eating Japanese BBQ and wanted to introduce the long-honored grilling tradition to the Midwest.  Creating a sense of community and a comfortable family atmosphere is his secret ingredient, as his fondest memories growing up centered around sharing food with his family and friends.   And so, after several years of planning (and a few kitchen taste tests later) KOEN was born! This very first Japanese BBQ and Sushi Restaurant established in Lincoln, NE promises to create unforgettable memories that will quickly become one of Lincoln’s premiere dining experiences.