Welcome to our Village Sake Kickstarter Campaign!
We are excited to bring Village Sake to our amazing home town of Fairfax, California. Village Sake is a Japanese pub serving mouth-watering Japanese “izakaya" fare with finely paired sake and craft beers. Having visited izakaya throughout Japan, we’ve long known that the relaxed pub feel, fantastic sake, and succulent small dishes would be a perfect fit in Fairfax. Village Sake will become the go-to pub to finish the day after enjoying the local trails, lakes, and activities, complementing streets that are already alive with vibrant people enjoying food, music, and friends.
Executive Chef Scott Whitman’s passion for Japanese food began while opening a restaurant in Osaka, Japan. He’s travelled through Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan exploring culture and cuisine and developing his unique cooking style. He earned a Michelin Star in 2007 & 2008 and was featured at the famed James Beard House in 2010 and 2014. Now, after 15 years as executive chef at the beloved Sushi Ran in Sausalito, he is excited to bring his unique style to Village Sake.
The Village Sake Team
Village Sake has assembled a truly great team. Partnering with Chef Whitman is Scott Porter, a lifelong Fairfax resident and local firefighter with strong ties to the community. Our designer, Jim Maxwell of Architects II, helped us draw from the best elements of the classic Izakaya to develop a relaxed but refined atmosphere that exists nowhere else in Marin. Darrin Sander of Eat Drink Works brings his management and service expertise to our operation. Sous Chef Rogelio Newcomb’s culinary passion stems from Hawaiian luau’s and Southern BBQ. He honed his incredible sushi skills at Sushi Ran and Morimoto, Napa. Our team is growing, and we’re excited to get this party started.
- i - sit, zaka - sake, ya - shop
- A place to grab drinks and an assortment of small, exciting dishes. Traditional Japanese cuisine (sushi, sashimi, soup, salads) and Japanese pub food (skewers, tempura, okonomiyaki).
- A welcoming environment where you can spend time with friends and share incredible food and drinks.
- Where the sushi chefs go to eat after work!
We found a great location in the heart of town that looks like it was made for an izakaya. The only issue: it’s a really old building. It turned out to need a lot more work than we anticipated (we know, you warned us!). Walls, floors, plumbing, electrical, exhaust hood, all had to be replaced. The good news is, we’re doing it - construction is well underway, with a launch date measured in weeks if we can raise the needed funds to finish the job and do it right. Our building owner has been a fantastic supporter. Our contractors are amazing, with great attention to detail and workmanship that will show every time you sit down to relax in your new favorite pub. Village Sake is quickly transforming into Fairfax’s newest, clean, healthy, professional restaurant and we’re almost there.
We’ve worked hard over the past year to bring Village Sake to Fairfax. We have a great team behind this project, and we’re really, really close. Now we need your support for our Kickstarter campaign to get us through the final push.
We are in the final phase for Village Sake with the goal of opening our doors early August 2015. We need to raise at least $30,000 to finish the job. You can support us in three ways:
- Make a pledge to our Kickstarter campaign
- Tell everyone you know to support our Kickstarter campaign
- And then, come in and enjoy Village Sake with us when we open
This is a big project. Each of us have personally invested our own savings into this restaurant. We're nearing the finish line and need your help to push us across to our grand opening later this summer!
Risks and challenges
We're really close. Our ABC license is pending the construction final and our building and health department permits have been issued. We've already completed the rough plumbing, electrical, gas, water, framing and structural requirements, but we still need cash for some of the remaining cooking equipment and finishes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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