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Coffee Bar By Day, Sake Bar and Japanese Eatery By Night Coming to Kensington

Tanuki arrives this spring

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The community of Kensington will soon have a Japanese dinner spot to call its own that will also function as a daytime cafe. Named Tanuki after a type of mischievous Japanese raccoon dog that features prominently in ancient folklore, the multi-purpose restaurant will be a coffee bar by day and a sake bar and eatery by night.

The Adams Avenue space, which includes a small wrap-around patio and dedicated parking spaces, has been empty since it was vacated by wine bar Kensington Vine. Chef/owner Yutaka Ishii plans to launch Tanuki in April, offering a daytime menu of coffee and matcha tea and an evening menu that will range from a variety of sushi options and Wagyu beef dishes to a selection of more than 100 types of sake. Ishii was formerly a chef at upscale sushi bar Nobu San Diego in the Gaslamp’s Hard Rock Hotel.

Location Matters’ Mike Spilky represented the tenant in this transaction.


4191 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116