Fire Destroys San Diego's Bachibus Hibachi Food Truck

November 16, 2021

A fire engulfed Bachibus food truck in San Diego's East Village community last night, resulting in the one-year-old Japanese hibachi eatery pausing operations in America's Finest City.

"We are devastated to learn late last night that a fire occurred at Bachi Bus San Diego," read a post on the Bachibus Instagram account. "We are very fortunate that no one was injured, but for the status of the bus we cannot say the same. We do not know the cause of the fire but are thankful for the SD Fire Department for reacting quickly before anyone was hurt. San Diego location will remain closed until further notice and THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our dream and vision since day one, words cannot express how appreciative we are for you all who have given us the opportunity to feed you."

Bachi Bus was founded in September 2020 by a group of longtime friends, including Jermaine Bush who boasts 13 years in nightclub marketing and management, NBA player Thomas Bryant of the Washington Wizards, sports and entertainment marketing alums Jamelle Holieway & Christopher Hollimon, and Head Chef Robin Johnson. Bachibus was the first food truck and hospitality concept by the team, who expanded operations with a second food truck in Los Angeles earlier this year. There is no word on what caused the food truck fire or if the eatery will reopen in San Diego. 

This is the second extensive San Diego food truck fire to occur in the past couple months. In early October, Rollin Roots food truck announced its closure following an alleged week of racially-motivated harassment that culminated with potential arson causing irreparable damage to the San Diego-based vegan food truck. Less than two weeks after the fire destroyed the Rollin Roots food truck, the owner also reported that a racial epithet-inscribed brick was thrown through the window of his future restaurant in downtown San Diego. Although Bachibus is also a black-owned food truck, there is no indication that the fires are related. 

For more information about Bachibus, follow the food truck's Instagram page.