In 2009, Mill Valley residents were swimming in great sushi restaurants.
From downtown to the then-new , which drew a stellar review from Michael Bauer in the San Francisco Chronicle, the 94941 arguably was home to more quality sushi spots per capita than anywhere else in Marin.
But 18 months after , the Japanese cuisine landscape in Mill Valley has thinned even more recently. Tsukiji, owned by Roy Lui and Chanel Liu with Sushi Ran alum , posted a sign in early February that it was closing for vacation until Feb. 28. But now a large "For Rent" sign hangs on the front door of 24 Sunnyside Avenue. Building owner Sydney Gabriel confirmed that Tsukiji closed and the 2,000-square-foot restaurant is for lease.
Down the road finds a "temporarily closed" sign on the doors of 425 Miller Ave. home of 39-year-old , Mill Valley's first-ever sushi bar. A California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control notice posted on the door indicates that new owner Beom Joo Kim is awaiting the transfer of the restaurant's beer and wine license. The agency's website indicates that Carolyn Kikuchi, who has owned Samurau since 2006, is transferring her permit.
The cupboard in Milley is far from bare, with on Redwood Hwy., on East Blithedale, in Strawberry Village and in Tam Valley still around.
We have two questions for you (answer in the Comments below):
- What would you like to see go into the Tsukiji space?
- Where is your go-to Sushi spot now?