Restaurant offering the taste of local vegetables was started by a farm household with a history of nine generations
A farm household renovated an old farm house and in May, 2017, opened "Chiushi Chaya" in Yaho, Kunitachi City, Tokyo, where farming has benefitted from the rich natural resources since olden times. Mr. Hisashi Endo, the owner, told us, " In the past, this area had many farm households breeding dairy cows. Hence the village name "Chi Ushi" (meaning 1000 cows). Including us, there are many farm households still here today."
The Endo family have been working the soil here for generations and Hisashi is the ninth head of the family. The reason he wanted to renovate the old house where he was born and make it into a restaurant is "I wanted to revitalize the local town." Chiushi Chaya is mainly run by the Endo family brothers.
The chef is Katsunori, the third son of the family, who worked as the master chef in the Sakuragaoka Country Club restaurant in Tama City after working for "SAVINI," a well-established Italian restaurant near Tachikawa Station. With his long and enduring career of more than 30 years, he creates exquisite Italian dishes from the local vegetables. The kitchen also has a stone oven, with which he bakes pizza using his strong power, which attracts the customers.
Most of the vegetables used in this restaurant are locally made. Mr. Endo, in addition to the vegetables grown on his own farm, also uses those purchased from his childhood friends every day.
"Any vegetables which are crooked and cannot be sold in the market still have an excellent taste, and they are fresh and tasty above all. I want to energize the local farm households and also share the attractions of Kunitachi City local vegetables to as many customers as possible."