Like a bat out of hell...karaoke bar hits CBD
ARE you an introvert with a rock star's heart?
New CBD restaurant and karaoke bar Kajoku could be the place for you.
Local Jeff Brady decided the time was right to bring the Japanese and Korean style of karaoke to Toowoomba, where private karaoke rooms are rented by the hour by groups.
The rooms feature big screens, disco lights and even tambourines to add to the performances.
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Manager Joanne Park, originally from Korea, said the Ruthven St venue was a place where people could croon to their heart's content without stepping on stage in front of a crowded bar.
"Australians are always singing in clubs, in front of everyone, but some people want to come here and sing in front of their friends only," Mrs Park said.
"I went to a bar here with karaoke and I was very nervous. Here you can enjoy, you can sing, dance, drink in the rooms.
"Many people like drinking and singing, so there is a buzzer they can press to order drinks.
"For Korean people, when we drink, we always snack on food, not just drinking, drinking, drinking. I couldn't just drink without food."
Mrs Park said a group of Thai nationals as well as long-time locals had already given the microphones a work out.
The restaurant near Margaret St serves up a mix of Japanese and Korean favourites, including Korean barbecue that customers can grill on the table.
"People like cooking, and drinking, it's very popular," Mrs Park said. "If we go to a restaurant, we order twice, then share it together. We're always sharing.
"People come out for a big night. They stay drink and have snacks together…and sing."
Kajoku is open seven nights a week from 11am until midnight.