Takumi Izakaya

Downtown's Takumi Izakaya to Open Mid-April


Takumi Izakaya, replacing Sushi Paradiso at 826 J St., is aiming for a mid-April opening, Cowtown Eats learned on Monday afternoon.

The new restaurant will feature Binchotan, a traditional Japanese white charcoal known for its high heat, long burning times and low smoke output, making it ideal for indoor cooking.

The owners plan to replace Sushi Paradiso's long sushi bars with grills.

While construction is underway, a quick peek inside revealed that much work remains. While I hope they hit their mid-April goal, I can see this taking a little extra time to get ready.

Takumi, which means "artisan" in Japanese, is the third restaurant for the ownership group. They also own the well regarded Bonzai Sushi in Sacramento's Greenhaven neighborhood and Banzai Japanese Kitchen in Davis, serving ramen, bento boxes, yakitori and poke bowls.

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Dining News: Izakaya Coming to Downtown Sacramento


Takumi Izakaya Bar will replace Sushi Paradiso at 826 J Street, according to a notice posted on Wednesday.

Based on shared names and addresses in Takumi Izakaya's liquor license application and filings with the Secretary of State, it appears that the new restaurant will share ownership with the popular Bonzai Sushi, located in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood.

There's not much else out there about the restaurant at this point, but I'll keep you updated. A true izakaya (an informal Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks, per Wikipedia) would be a great addition to the neighborhood near the arena.

Previously: RIP Sushi Paradiso, closed in late August or early September.

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