Walnut Creek, CA – January 26, 2010– Sasa, the first Izakaya Restaurant in the Diablo Valley will open its doors to the public in early April, 2010, in a beautifully restored 1910 brick storefront, in the heart of Downtown Walnut Creek. The 100 year old building located at 1432 North Main Street once housed the Lawrence (Walnut Creek) Meat Market. The restoration maintains traditional elements, while adding new and sophisticated architectural touches. Stone, brick, fire, water and wood combine to create an elegant but casual atmosphere.

This new 100 seat restaurant features a full bar, stocked with an extensive selection of Sake, Shochu & Spirits. Special tastings and flights will help guests through the Sake experience. “Izakaya” restaurants have been around in Japan for many years. Japan’s “pubs” are where people go after a hard days work to congregate and snack. Izakaya dishes can begin with anything that is seasonal and finished with Japanese inspired flavors. The menu will be an eclectic mix of sashimi, sushi, noodles, traditional dishes and perhaps the most complete variety of fish from the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

The building is being developed by Brian Hirahara of BH Development. Jackson Santos and Barbara Best Santos have created the beautiful interior. Chef Philip Yang (proprietor and owner of Blue Ginko, Lafyette) will lead the crew that is dedicated to take good care of you. Expect fun and a touch of playfulness when you step into Sasa. Our staff will be ready to make you feel at home. Come to unwind. Stay for the unexpected…