New York City — Asian cuisine concept wagamama has opened a 6,836-square-foot restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. The new restaurant is located at 100 W. 55th St. and offers 185 seats. The chain’s parent company, The Restaurant Group, has entered a U.S. joint venture partnership with Conversion Venture Capital (CVC2) as financial partners and Robert Cornog Jr. and Richard Flaherty as operating partners. Cornog and Flaherty previously were leaders of Punch Bowl Social, an experiential food and beverage brand. The joint venture plans to open 30 to 40 new restaurants across the United States.