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Far Bar Owners Opening New Izakaya Just a Few Doors Down in Little Tokyo

Sako Dojo opens in mid-February in the Downtown neighborhood

Sake Dojo
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

The partners of Far Bar converted a convenience store into Little Tokyo’s latest izakaya stop, dubbed Sake Dojo. The new restaurant is below the Hotel Miyako on First Street in the Downtown neighborhood, and should open by mid-February.

Sake Dojo is the work of Don Tahara, Mike Gin, and Señor Fish owner Enrique Ramirez. This trio transformed Little Tokyo’s historic Far East Building into the notable craft beer destination, Far Bar. Sake Dojo will focus on sake, whiskey, and beers from the Pacific Rim, and customers can expect izakaya, sushi, and fresh oysters.

Sake Dojo is only three buildings away from Far Bar, which was originally the historic Far East Cafe. In 2006, the partners launched the Chop Suey Cafe, and ultimately launched the Far Bar in 2008. Sake Dojo is their second restaurant together.

Sake Dojo is nicely situated on a prime strip of Little Tokyo. The new spot will reside on the same block as staples Daikokuya, Suehiro Cafe, Marugame Monzo, and is a brief walk from their clear competitors Izakaya & Bar Fu-ga, and Izakaya Gazen.

Sake Dojo
335 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA