Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson interviewed Market Cafe owner Jim Sakata and confirmed an earlier reports that the owner was closing the cafe due to poor health.
Owner Jim Sakata suffered a heart attack in early April, shut the Market Club on an emergency basis and then never reopened. There was no farewell. No send-off. No party. No time to say goodbye and thanks for the memories.
Reach at his home, Sakata, 62, told me he suffered a heart attack within days of a health inspection report that forced the temporary closure of the restaurant. The inspector found rats droppings in a storage area. Sakata said he hired a crew to clean it up and take care of the problem, hoping to reopen soon.
"The next day, I just felt really lousy," he said. "I was home and got up to go to the bathroom and I just collapsed. I felt weak. There was a slight tightening in my chest. I'm fine now, but I don't think I can keep going the way I was going. I was working pretty much seven days a week. It was just me and my wife."
The Sac Bee's Robertson reports that one of Sakata's regrets is not saying goodbye to his regulars.
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