as I was driving down 7th ave today just before my turn at Missouri, I saw that a banner had gone up for a sushi joint in the space previously occupied by Sahara, a forgettable coffeehouse. i pulled over to check it out and spoke to the owner for a bit.
Kaz, the original owner of shogun (which split the partnership and then some owners because kampai and kaz went to california, for those of you who've been in the valley forever) is the chef!
its tiny, but very cute and they hope to open in 2 weeks!!! while of course the fish is NOT local, all their produce will be!
i've tried to convince the guys at kampai to come into central phx FOREVER. we just don't have anything in my opinion worthwhile. fish market is okaaaay..... zen 32 is good for peoplewatching but not eating..... and ichiban? please.
i am SO excited!!!!!! plus... i know that now everyone is about sapporo, and ra and other really huge places... but for us old timers... back in the day, there was shogun and mr sushi and almost nothing else...... its nice to have kaz back.