After nearly seven months as a neighborhood oyster bar in Bernal Heights, Ichi Kakiya is switching things up. Rather than focus on just one concept, the restaurant will host a rotating schedule of pop-ups. “It’s a chance to create a unique experience each time and kind of capture that joy and moment,” co-owner Erin Archuleta told Eater. “We wanted to do something risky and fun, and it's the right place to do it.” Archuleta and her husband and co-owner Tim Archuleta have a closely-guarded list of chefs in mind to transform the space into different concepts. “We've had a bunch of friends say they’re interested, and so we’re taking November to get everyone to say yes.”
Ichi Kakiya’s last night of service will be this Saturday, October 31, after which point the staff will work at Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar. Then, the Archuletas will close for a few weeks to figure out logistics like a ticket system and schedule for a late November reopen. There will also be occasional Ichi pop-ups, and the goal is to eventually settle on a new, permanent concept for the restaurant. Stay tuned for more details on the pop-up lineup.