Ichi Sushi on Mission Street is thriving. The restaurant is getting noticed, and Chef Tim Archuleta is well on his way to becoming a local food celebrity, with the result that it’s getting harder and harder to find an empty table at Ichi during dinner hours. The problem is that Ichi currently occupies a very small space, which limits both Chef Tim’s cuisine and the number of tables he can accommodate. So it’s time for Ichi to grow.
Happily, that will not mean moving away from the Dominion of Bernalwood. Instead, Ichi plans to move across the street and a block north. Our foodie friends at Tablehopper scored the scoop:
[Ichi Sushi is] finalizing a lease to take over the former Inti Market space (in between Al’s Good Food and D/J Market), which is twice the size of their current location. The new space will host a full sushi bar, raw bar, kitchen, and cocktails. They will continue to serve sushi with sashimi and nigiri as the focus, expand the list of hot dishes, and for beverage options, they’ll expand their sake and beer lists and start offering cocktails. They will also have the capacity to host larger parties—woo hoo!
Thomas Pippin of Lifebox Studios is the architect, and they are targeting a spring 2013 opening—for now, it’s just a raw space that they get to design from scratch. 3282 Mission St. at 29th St.
Once it opens, the original Ichi space (at 3369 Mission St. at Godeus) will become Ichi Omakase, focusing exclusively on sushi counter service and chef’s choice meals at its 22 prized seats.
This morning Erin Archuleta tells Bernalwood that the lease was signed last night, so the new location is official. Woo hoo! Congrats to Team Ichi, and stay tuned for additional details.
PHOTO: Courtesy of Erin Archuleta