Japanese Café and Bar Hi Collar Moving Into the Old Rai Rai Ken Space

What have you done for me percolately?
What have you done for me percolately? Photo: Younga Park

The traditional coffee scene in Japan has diversified and come into its own in the last dozen years or so, and now a café with an arsenal of gadgets and a menu of “’unique’ Japanese-style coffee and espresso drinks” is coming to — you probably guessed — the East Village. Bon Yagi, the entrepreneur who built New York’s so-called “Little Tokyo,” tells the Local East Village that Hi Collar will be a café by day and a bar at night when it opens in the old Rai Rai Ken space on East 10th Street in “about a month and a half.” [Local EV/NYT, Earlier]