Tajima Owner Takes Over Former Entrada Space In San Diego's Little Italy For New Japanese Izakaya Concept

June 7, 2017

The owner of San Diego's expanding ramen empire Tajima is in the process of taking over the former Entrada space in the heart of Little Italy for a yet-to-be named Japanese izakaya bar and restaurant.

For the new Little Italy concept, tentatively referred to as Sprout 1953, Tajima chef/owner Isamu "Sam" Morikizono has teamed up with Cesar Vallin, the previous owner of now-defunct Prospect Bar & Grill in La Jolla, and Setaro Takashi, who owns more than 30 restaurants in Japan. The team will renovate the 7,500 square-foot space previously occupied by the short-lived Entrada at 1953 India Street in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood to install a modern Japanese izakaya pub with a traditional sushi bar. The restaurant is being designed by Rachelle Dominguez, Robert Hall and artist Shane Bowden.

Similar to Tajima, the food menu will feature a variety of ramen noodle soups in signature broths, as well as sushi rolls, rice bowls, and Japanese appetizers, as well as a full bar offering beer, wine, sake and craft cocktails. The currently-unamed restaurant is anticipated to open in September.