The Ijji Sushi crew. Photo via Facebook.
A few quick opening updates for you, starting with ~IJJI SUSHI~, which we mentioned was coming to the Divisadero Corridor and is having its grand opening tonight (February 2nd). To recap, this is a traditional nigiri sushi bar (served piece by piece, although you can request omakase, which starts with eight pieces), with seafood sourced primarily from Japan. There are only 16 seats (8 at the counter and 8 table seats), and it’s from the chef-owner of Saru in Noe Valley, Billy Kong, and the chef-owner of Seiya in San Carlos, Kuo Hwa Chuang, and Amanda Tsung. Ijji is open for dinner only, Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. 252 Divisadero St. at Haight, 415-658-7388.
Meanwhile, over in Japantown, the Ramen Underground location has closed (Kearny remains open), and ~IZAKAYA UMAI~ is taking its place (the 65-seat restaurant is due to open Wednesday February 10th). The menu will include sushi, sashimi, maki, yakitori, donburi, shioyaki, bento boxes, ramen, udon, soba, and appetizers. It will be open for lunch and dinner. 22 Peace Plaza #530, 415-658-7196.
As for other Japanese places on the horizon, the hotly anticipated ~MENSHO RAMEN~ could possibly open within the week (more from me next Tuesday on this place). I also hear ~MOSU~ is now targeting a couple of weeks out for its opening on Fillmore (more here), and ~JU-NI~ coming to Fulton Street should be close too.