A two-story Japanese restaurant will land on this prominent S.F. rooftop

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An ambitious project is coming to San Francisco’s Transbay transit center: a two-story Japanese restaurant led by acclaimed Bay Area chefs, a Japanese market and private NFT club with perks like celebrity omakase meals.

These are the first concrete details about SHŌ Group’s plans (formerly JSSK Group, best known for Berkeley restaurant Iyasare) for the rooftop space at 425 Mission St., which were first announced in 2019. Called SHŌ, the restaurant will open in 2023 in the 5.4-acre public park above the Salesforce Transit Center — the latest in a lineup of new businesses the city hopes will draw people back to the $2.2 billion project and help spur downtown’s recovery.

The splashy space will house two restaurants in one. A downstairs dining room will specialize in Japanese irori cuisine, named for the sunken fireplace used in Japan farmhouses as both a heat and cooking source. SHŌ’s setup will be admittedly more splashy: everything on the menu will cook on a 40-square-foot charcoal fireplace in a sleek, fine-dining restaurant with views of San Francisco’s skyline. Shotaro “Sho” Kamio, chef-owner of Iyasare and namesake of the hospitality group, will lead the new restaurant. They claim it will be the first irori restaurant in the U.S.

In an announcement, Kamio said he’s excited to bring the “umami-laden dishes” of irori cuisine to a “once-in-a-lifetime location” in San Francisco.

A rendering of the dining room at SHO, a fine-dining restaurant focused on Japanese irori cuisine.

Provided by SHO Group

Upstairs will be a sushi bar helmed by chef Masaki Sasaki, known for earning a Michelin star at Maruya and the now-closed Sasaki. Called the Sky Lounge, it will serve sushi and small plates. Further menu details weren’t available.

Renderings show plans for a modern, multistory building with marble tables, an indoor waterfall and whole fish cooking on the irori. An outdoor patio, covered by a wooden trellis, has its own massive fireplace and a cocktail bar.

Acclaimed Bay Area sushi chef Masaki Sasaki will lead this sushi bar at the Salesforce Transit Center.

Acclaimed Bay Area sushi chef Masaki Sasaki will lead this sushi bar at the Salesforce Transit Center.

Provided by SHO Group

And that’s not all: the SHŌ group also plans to open a Japanese market on the ground level of the Salesforce Transit Center. SHŌ Market will sell bento boxes using the same ingredients served upstairs, grab-and-go sushi, salads, sakes and home goods.

SHŌ Group is the new incarnation of Kamio and business partner Josh Sigel’s former JSSK Group. They now describe the group as an “experiential hospitality platform” that’s dabbling in world of NFTs, or “non-fungible token,” a tech trend that’s descended on restaurants in recent years. Diners will be able to buy NFTs to get access to perks like a members-only menu, omakase dinners with celebrities and a car that will pick up and drop them off for meals.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to reflect the fact that SHŌ is a single two-story restaurant with two different concepts. It was also updated to reflect the fact that Maruya in San Francisco is open.

Elena Kadvany is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ekadvany


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