Izakaya Daikoku has closed and will become Ramen House Raijin, according to a sign posted on their door Saturday afternoon.
(H/T to Chris Macias, who first posted on Twitter that something was up with the restaurant.)
Ramen House Raijin should not be confused with nearby Ramen House Ryujin in the Safeway Parking lot, by the same owner.
Izakaya Daikoku originally opened on Oct. 1, 2014, and I loved it because for its okonomiyakai, a sort of Japanese fried pancake. Unfortunately, subsequent visits showed that my enthusiasm for the place wasn't widely shared by the general restaurant-going public.
The Sac Bee's Ed Fletcher has a little more on the closing:
Restaurateur Sai Wong...said the new place is “going to be a different style (of ramen). More spicy. More fire...”
Wong said the restaurant, in a space formerly occupied by Sweetwater Restaurant and Bar, was doing well, but the business model wasn’t for him. He said he worried about people overconsuming sake.
Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
While we're talking about restaurants by Wong, he sold Akebono last month, according to their liquor license (which records ownership transfers). The new owners are Han Young Lee.
The woman who picked up the phone on Sunday afternoon at Akebono says the restaurant will remain the same under the new ownership.
Ramen House Raijin will be located at 1901 S Street.
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