Machka sign; photo via Facebook.
I was following up with ~SUSHI RAN~’s owner Yoshi Tome about some ABC license activity I spotted: It looks like his executive sushi chef, Mitsunori “Nori” Kusakabe, is planning to open a place with a current DBA of ~KUSAKABE~ in San Francisco (the license points to the Machka location in the Financial District, which is currently open—Nori wrote in to say escrow should close by mid-November, but obviously everything isn’t final just yet). Nori is leaving Sushi Ran in mid-December (he had been there since 2004!) and he will be replaced by master chef Takatoshi Toshi.
I’ll report back on Nori’s plans for his own place (due to open in 2014) once I hear something concrete, but for now, this is very, very intriguing. 584 Washington St. at Columbus.