A prominent, currently unfinished restaurant space in the middle of Salesforce Park, on the roof of the Transbay Transit Center, finally has a taker.
That taker is a restaurant group led by acclaimed Japanese chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio and his business partner Josh Sigel, called JSSK Group. Most details about the planned restaurant are still unknown, as the Chronicle reports, but it will "combine Californian cooking with Japanese influences."
Kamio has most recently won accolades for his Berkeley restaurant Iyasare, and he was also, notably, the opening chef at Yoshi's San Francisco, and the executive chef at O Chamé in Berkeley.
Calling the rooftop park space a "once in a lifetime opportunity," Kamio said in a statement to the Chronicle, "We seek to bring a style of food that is not imported from Japan but created here for the Bay Area with an appropriate level of originality and innovation that makes the concept feel unique yet surprisingly familiar."
As the Business Times reports, the buildout for the raw space will be extensive — and this aspect of it, along with the possible challenge of attracting nighttime and weekend diner traffic, discouraged a number of local restaurateurs from pursuing a deal for the space. The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) is expected to split the cost of interior improvements with the JSSK Group, and these are likely to come in at $7 million to $8 million.
In the Transit Center itself, the TJPA recently approved leases with Feve Chocolates, an Italian restaurant called Acquolina, and something called Dim Baos. Already on board for spaces downstairs and at street level are Eddie Rickenbackers, Per Diem, Tycoon Kitchen, Venga Empanadas, Charleys Philly Cheesesteaks, and two locations of Philz Coffee.
This new offshoot of Iyasare still has no name, and likely will not be opening before late next year. More details are TBA, likely early next year.