Archive for September, 2007

Sakaya Sleuth

Friday, September 21st, 2007

We wanted to thank the sleuthlike blogger Down By the Hipster for their continuing support. Several months ago they took note of the Community Board meeting poster in our window and have been reporting our progress ever since. More recently, we’ve been approached by some other members of the blogosphere as well as the food and entertainment media so we’ve added another category to this blog, “In the News” to offer readers another means to catch up what’s being reported about the shop.

As we near the beginning of construction, we will soon begin to spread the word about Sakaya more aggressively, but before we do, we wanted to offer a special note of appreciation to DBTH for discovering and rooting us on!

Kanpai to you Down By The Hipster!

Plans Complete…Construction Phase Begins

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

On Friday we signed off on our architect Tsuruta-san’s final plans setting wheels in motion for the build out.   FYI Tsuruta-san’s previous work includes Jewel Bako, Chikalicious, both Momofukus,  Soto, and Kyotofu.  We couldn’t contain our excitement as we finally reached the point where the transformation of our barren store of eight months will begin to take shape soon.  First step is acquiring the building permits of course, which will probably take about two weeks.  After that, construction is anticipated to be another three.

In the meantime, we’ve been attending sake distributor events over the last couple of weeks tasting our palates off to determine which tasty brews to offer our customers when they (you) walk through our door for the first time.  We’re planning to open with about 75 – 80 different sake to start but, believe it or not,  it’s really tough to keep it to that number!  Don’t be surprised if the selection exceeds 100 or more in short order.

We’ve been excited about Sakaya ever since the idea came to us but, now that we’re on the verge of beginning construction, we wanted you to know that it won’t be long now until there’s a place to go to indulge your passion or curiosity about sake!