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Seasoned Sushi Chefs Open New Restaurant in Highland Park

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Ichijiku does nigiri and hand rolls, with options for patio dining or takeout

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Two hands hold a plate of nigiri sushi, ready for service.
Robert Campbell
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.

A new Japanese restaurant opens on August 6 in Highland Park along Figueroa’s busy restaurant corridor. Ichijiku takes over the former RBTA space at 5629 N. Figueroa Street, comes from some very familiar faces.

Russell Malixi and Wade McElroy, who operate next-door Cafe Birdie and Grand Central Market’s Horse Thief, are behind Ichijiku. The duo also operates Ma’am Sir in Silver Lake in partnership with chef Charles Olalia. Soon enough, they’ll also have a standalone bar in Culver City at the long-awaited Citizen Public Market food hall. Aiko Malixi and Andrew Corbett are on as partners.

Two Japanese sushi chefs stand inside their small, gray restaurant space.
Chefs Kosaka and Yamada
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But the sushi and food will come from chefs Takafumi Kosaka (formerly of Tamon Sushi inside at the Miyako Hotel Little Tokyo) and Kazuhiro Yamada (formerly of Yu/mu Sushi in Beverly Hills), who are both working a truncated menu of nigiri and hand rolls. The latter has become increasingly popular over the past few years, leading to a slew of hand roll bar openings, and even some lawsuits. An opening menu is below.

The small, deep Ichijiku space sits right on Fig in the busy part of Highland Park, next door to Civil Coffee and Cafe Birdie. The restaurant will share some back parking lot outdoor seating with Civil Coffee, while also focusing on takeout and delivery for now. Ichijiku opens this Thursday at 6 p.m., keeping hours from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Lunch and seven-day-a-week service to come later on.


5629 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042