Though the last half of 2006 was relatively quiet for the debut of restaurants in the Sacramento area, the first quarter of 2007 is shaping up as another story.
Among the restaurants on track to open early in the new year is Ju Hachi, at 18th and S in midtown. Expected to open in February "at the earliest," Ju Hachi will mark the return to the site of Taka Watanabe, who opened Taka's Sushi on the corner eight years ago. He sold the place three years ago.
Watanabe will continue to operate another branch of Taka's Sushi in Fair Oaks. He's also a partner in the midtown Japanese restaurant Kru along J Street. Ju Hachi - a westernized version of the number 18 in Japanese - is to be a traditional neighborhood restaurant along the lines of the original Taka's Sushi rather than a more modern version like Kru, says Watanabe's wife, Susan.