In the Holmdel Towne Center next to the bagel place and Rook Coffee, I noticed a sign in one of the vacant storefronts that said Ichiban coming. Closest one to the area is on Route 18 in East Brunswick (formerly Shogun). I’m indifferent on them coming to town. They have decent food, though Hibachi to me is more of a novelty than quality cuisine. Wonder if they will have a liquor license for a bar, as they all have them.
I’m just not sure the Hazlet/Holmdel/Middletown market can bear another Asian restaurant. They have sushi too-- there’s about 15 places within 5 minutes of that location for sushi!