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The restaurant is expected to open late summer at 2316 Polk Street in Russian Hill, and will offer a tasting menu reflective of the second-generation Japanese-American experience. “There’s a culture of Japanese-Americans in California,” Yoshimura told Eater, “this kind of weird cuisine that’s not found in Japan and is totally unique to us.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Yoshimura has been running Restaurant Nisei as a take-out only operation, serving bento boxes out of the Mister Jiu’s Ho Ho general store in Chinatown. But in just a few short months, you should be able to book a table at the “zen-style” restaurant, which Yoshimura is redesigning to feature a dining room, lounge area, and parklet.