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Michael Cardenas' Izakaya Akatora Goes Fishing Village Chic in Alhambra Starting Tomorrow

The sister outpost to Manhattan Beach's Sushi Akatora is ready to shine.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

As if restaurateur Michael Cardenas wasn’t wasn’t busy enough, what with his IDG Group (Sushi Roku, BOA Steakhouse) and Lazy Ox Canteen businesses doing well. Still, the serial restaurant-maker just can’t help himself, and has most recently set sights on Alhambra, of all places.

Following the popularity of Manhattan Beach’s Sushi Akatora, Cardenas fast-tracked his most recent izakaya concept under the same banner. Tucked onto Main Street right in the heart of Alhambra, Izakaya Akatora offers 70 seats for gusts to dive into creative meat skewers and small plates, with a late night menu that will include ramen.

As for the interior, think fishing village chic, with retro touches and lots of hand-painted wood. Izakaya Akatora fires up December 13, with early hours running from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Izakaya Akatora
115 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801