Another (delectable) attempt to make a small-plates Japanese eating-and-drinking concept work in OC
Edwin GoeiIf you think the year that's passed was bad, try owning a restaurant. It was a tough 2009. The luxury brands predictably suffered. The likes of Savannah, White Horses, Manhattan Supper Club and even Tracht's folded as people got tighter and choosier with their budgets. And some ot ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI can't say I'm surprised. The spot previously occupied by Haru Izakaya -- the Korean izakaya I reviewed for OC Weekly and chronicled when it folded -- is being reworked into a sushi joint.
This week in Stick A Fork In It: There were deaths. Well, one, but it was huge, in many ways: Dom DeLuise went to the big pie shop in the sky. There were evictions. Okay, again, just one, Haru Izakaya, but it was much lamented by Edwin, who'd only raved about it one month earlier. (Hey, E ... More >>
I saw the "Available" signs as I drove by on First Street, and I nearly slammed my brakes right there in the middle of the road. Haru Izakaya -- the new Korean izakaya restaurant, which I reviewed on these pages exactly one month ago -- has closed. Not just closed but abandoned. I peeked in ... More >>
Have you noticed something lately? Izakayas -- the Japanese equivalent to the gastro-pub, tapas house, and neighborhood bar all wrapped up into one -- are popping up all over O.C. So many izakayas have opened lately, in fact, that the trend is obvious: Izakaya is the new sushi. Last year, Takashi ... More >>