A new restaurant, Ottaray Seafood & Raw Bar, is in the works for the former YAP location next to Cantinflas in downtown Greenville. Restaurant managing partner Taft Wirthlin says the planned opening is spring 2018.
Wirthlin filed plans with the City of Greenville Design Review Board Urban Panel for a complete redesign of the storefront at 12 S. Main St. The plans call for removing the stucco and faux rock façade, returning windows where they were originally on the second floor, returning the cornice that was removed, and constructing a storefront painted black with gold letters that would be closer to the historic look of the building built in 1893.
Wirthlin says construction will start in early November, which also includes completely gutting the interior. The design includes exposed brick and custom woodwork.The restaurant will seat 195, including the bar. The second floor is planned to be an event venue with capacity for 160 people.
YAP, a Malaysian restaurant, closed in September of 2015. YAP’s chef, Alex Wong, and his team opened Yellow Ginger Asian Kitchen at 2100 Poinsett Hwy. after leaving the downtown market.
The DRB meets Nov. 2 to discuss this and other projects.