With more than 700 locations worldwide and over 50 in the United States, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ arrived in San Diego in 2014 with a restaurant in the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch area and will now be expanding to the Gaslamp. The eatery, which specializes in Japanese yakiniku, or grilled barbecue, is replacing Analog Bar on Fifth Avenue.
Gyu-Kaku will be extensively remodeling the space to install the duct system neccesary for its in-table smokeless grills, where diners cook their own meat, seafood, and vegetables. A rep for the restaurant told Eater that the downtown location should be completed in the first half of 2020.
Its food and drink offerings will be similar to its other Southern California locations, with a huge selection of ready-to-cook plates ranging from 21-day aged Angus skirt steak to beef tongue, pork belly, garlic-soy chicken, and miso butter salmon as well as multi-course set menus for large groups, and even an all-you-can-eat option; a lunch and dinner menu update is planned for this fall. The restaurant and bar also serves sake, shochu, and beer.