Izakaya Daikoku opened on Oct. 1, replacing the now-defunct Sweetwater Restaurant and Bar, and before that, Fins Market & Grill at 19th & S. Can the new restaurant by the owner of Land Park's Akebono and RyuJin Ramen House be successful when others have failed? Based on my initial visit, a resounding yes.
I ate there the first weekend they opened (sorry - a little behind on my writing), and I found well-oiled restaurant, with staff borrowed from the owner's two other establishments.
We arrived on a Friday night, and diners are given the option to eat at a large common table with space for 20, or at traditional tables with seats for another 60 or so total. We chose the later and started devouring the extensive menu.
The menu is broken into Otsumami, Yakizakana, yakitori, Teppan Okonomiyaki, etc. Bring your iPhone - even for those who dine at Sacramento Japanese restaurants frequently, a lot of the concepts are not familiar. I had to Google all of those terms.
The restaurant is an Izakaya, which is a Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany drinks, generally casual places for after-work drinking, per Wikipedia. Given that it's the first Izakaya in Sacramento (that I know of), I decided to only order off that part of the menu.