A man who appeared to just be getting of work came in and sat at the counter. “How about one of these?” said Satoi-san, holding out a bottle of sake. I could tell he knows exactly what his regular customers’ likes and dislikes are. I learned from Satoi-san that most of his regulars let him pick what they should drink. By doing so, he can select drinks catered to bringing you just to that nice place of tipsiness.
I followed the cue and asked for something light and refreshing. Satoi-san immediately took a bottle of shochu from the shelves behind the counter. I asked him how he is able to intuitively know what his customers want. “It’s because I like to eat and I like to drink too, and I serve the food and drinks that I like to eat and drink. The most important thing about running a place like this is the question, ‘Would you want to go there yourself?’ I do this because I want to make the people who come here happy.” Satoi-san pays attention to the mood and style of each customer who sits at his counter, and serves them delicious and deftly selected drinks. Regular customers here often say, “I wish this place could just be our little secret.”
|address||Yasaka Renga-dori 1-4-13 Kitahama, Beppu-shi|
|hours||19:00-3:00 AM (last order 2:00 AM)|
|closed on||every other Sunday|
|recommended for||chef’s choice five piece set 680 yen|