Fans lamented the closure of 23-year-old Blowfish Sushi to Die For back in April, but the owners are bringing it back at one of their other locations, which has been a ramen spot for about eight months.
Hell's Ramen posted on its website on October 14th that it was closed for "renovations," but Capp Street Crap took notice this week that a new Blowfish Sushi "coming soon" sign has gone up in the windows at 2193 Mission Street — meaning it's more of a pivot than a renovation. The sign actually says it's "The resurrection of Blowfish Sushi by Hell's Ramen."
Blowfish sushi is returning to the Mission — in the old Weird Fish spot! pic.twitter.com/qzLalsBwVG— Capp Street Crap (@cappstreetcrap) October 29, 2019
The space was once home to Dante's Weird Fish, as vegan fans of their friend "Buffalo girls" will recall, and then later, Tawara Sake Dining, which shuttered around the new year, reopening as Hell's Ramen in February.
It seems like the ramen thing wasn't taking off — and this is just around the corner from the former KenKen Ramen, now also closed — so the owners are reviving the Blowfish brand, with an opening scheduled for November 1. Hoodline spotted a Facebook post that says as much, featuring a photo of some salmon roe nigiri with quail egg.
Blowfish Sushi was founded in 1996 under chef Ritsuo Tsuchida, and later expanded to San Jose and West Hollywood. The original location at Bryant and 20th closed in April, and as the Chronicle reported last month, the space was snapped by Benu chef Corey Lee for the location of a new Korean restaurant that Lee has been talking about for the last six years.
The Blowfish team went on to open Iza Ramen, which has two locations currently open, in the Lower Haight and SoMa.