FiDi Japanese spot Pabu is an apparent local favorite of NBA superstar LeBron James.
The San Francisco location of Pabu, an izakaya and sushi bar mini-chain from restaurant empire builder Michael Mina, had some significant guests on Friday, February 7, a spokesperson for the restaurant tells Eater SF: The L.A. Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Quinn Cook.
This wasn’t James’ first stop at the SF Pabu (other locations are in Boston and Nashville), as in 2018 he dined at Pabu the night before the first game of that year’s NBA finals. Back then, James wasn’t a Laker, he was a Cleveland Cavalier, and his dining companions were other members of the Ohio-based team. They feasted on chicken karaage, a rainbow roll, and “really loved’ the Ken’s Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and spicy tuna) on that fateful day in May, the night before the Cavs lost against the Warriors 114-124.
It’s unknown what the team ate on Friday, but it appears that whatever it was, it provided them with a better foundation for victory. The next day, the Lakers took down the Warriors 125-120, and its top scorers were Pabu diners Davis (27 points) and James (22 points). The Lakers return to SF to play the Warriors on February 27, so fans of James might keep an eye on Quince and Epic Steak, which are reportedly two other local spots that are fit for King James.
And in other news...
- On Thursday, a federal judge denied a request from SF-based food delivery service Postmates (and several other gig-worker-reliant companies) to temporarily stop enforcement of AB 5, a new California law that would require those companies to reclassify its customer-facing workers as employees, not contractors. [Cnet]
- Bay Area ice cream sandwich Cream closed its only Oakland location, semingly without explanation. [SFGate]
- As expected, KowBird, the weekend fried chicken sandwich pop-up from Oakland barbecue master Matt Horn, was packed. [SF Chronicle]
- Glazier, a Los Gatos rolled ice cream spot, has opened a Union Square outpost at 414 Sutter Street. [Hoodline]
- Bay Area professor/food-centric author Michael Pollan has a new audiobook called Caffeine. Guess what it’s about? [KQED]
- Gluten- and dairy-free fast food chain Amy’s Drive Thru has put its Rohnert Park restaurant on the market, with a plan to lease back the spot for 20 years and use the funds from the sale to expand into additional locations. [SF Business Times]
- Sauced BBQ & Spirits, a local chain with spots in Walnut Creek, Petaluma, and Sacramento, has opened its first South Bay location in San Jose’s Santana Row. [East Bay Times]
- China Live, San Francisco’s 30,000 square foot Chinatown food hall and retail space, isn’t just for SF anymore: a second location of Bay Area restaurateur George Chen and Cindy Wong-Chen’s venture is set to open in Seattle’s Amazon campus in 2021. [Eater Seattle]