The temporary closure of Ichi Sushi in March due to the coronavirus pandemic is permanent.
Tablehopper reported for the first time about the closure of the sushi bar in Bernal Heights. Erin Archuleta, who jointly owns the company with her husband Tim, addressed the closure on Twitter.
“Thank you everyone, especially our great team members over the years, who have made ICHI such a special place. We loved working with and learning from you all. Many thanks to the guests who have entrusted us with all their special memories. Greetings to all of you, ”she wrote on Tuesday afternoon.
Archuleta told The Chronicle that she and her husband plan to sell Ichi Sushi Restaurant on 3369 Mission Street and the decision to close was based on concerns about the timeframe for a vaccine against COVID-19.
“It just didn’t seem feasible to go back to how our restaurant worked. We have to put health first, ”she said.
Ichi made his debut in San Francisco in 2006 and built such a following that it expanded to a larger room near Mission Street in 2014. About three years later, the owners reduced themselves and returned to the original space. At the time, Archuleta said the move was a way to help Tim, who was recovering from surgery in and out of the hospital.
“It was really a special trip and the reaction we had to graduation are just people who share mostly positive memories. People got engaged here, I remember people from the neighborhood who helped us set up tables before we opened the first time. This whole thing was just a community effort, ”she said.
Ichi Sushi joins a growing list of popular San Francisco food companies slated to close since the shelter was founded. In early June, the Angkor Borei Cambodian restaurant near Ichi Sushi and the Toy Boat Dessert Café, a popular ice cream and candy spot in downtown Richmond, both in San Francisco, closed. Together, the shops had been open for almost 70 years.
“When you are an entrepreneur, you do a lot of things. But a pandemic was new to us, ”Archuleta said with a laugh. “I’m glad friends are reopening and dining outside. We just didn’t fit into this model. “
Justin Phillips is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @JustMrPhillips