Japu restaurant, located in the historic Duck Mills building in downtown Lawrence, is owned and operated by Nieves Torribio and Delania Acosta, a mother daughter team. A truly family restaurant with their brother/son Arturo Acosto as the head chef who brings extensive experience in the restaurant industry. Japu brings to Lawrence a unique fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, with all original recipes, that keep the glowing reviews rolling in.
Before Japu was opened Nieves and Delania worked with Mill Cities Community Investment’s (MCCI) staff to develop a business plan and financial projections for the restaurant. With a business plan and some savings, they were to qualify for a $50,000 loan through the Lawrence Venture Fund, to open Japu’s doors in 2018, employing 9 full time employees. Japu’s owners continued to benefit from MCCI’s programs, graduating from MCCI’s Bookkeeping, QuickBooks, and Tax Prep classroom trainings. Most recently, MCCI provided one-on-one T.A. to help Japu qualify for a $60,000 PPP forgivable loan to help them keep their staff on board and their doors open during the Covid-19 pandemic.