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New Sushi place..Sawtelle and Nebraska

Toshi, the former owner/chef at Hama Sushi, and director of California Sushi Academy is set to open a new place called "Bar Hama" on Sawtelle and Nebraska. Does anyone know if it looks close to opening?

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  1. is that sasabune's old location?

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      1. re: wilafur

        Actually, I think it used to be a Mexican restaurant, but I'm not sure.

        1. re: cupcake

          bar hama is going into the old sasabune building; and IIRC, used to be a mexican food joint eons ago. =)

          1. re: wilafur

            I assume from this conversation that they have not opened yet, but is there a target date...months?

            1. re: liu

              It was supposed to have opened a month ago.

          2. re: cupcake

            well, yeah, i guess it was a mexian restaurant before sasabune, but interestingly sasabune never changed the exterior of the building, so it looked like a mex rest't from the outside and on the inside was a sushi bar.

            i guess it the enterprising sushi chef from hama to finally renovate that shack.

      2. Just an FYI, I live literally around the block and it is now open from what I've seen. They had the outdoor fire pits going and the waitstaff coming in and out from view. I'm not sure if they were doing some kind of party for the California Sushi Academy though, since the Opentable website still says they are awaiting for it to open. The best bet would probably be to call them.

        And it's called "Bar Hayama" -- http://www.bar-hayama.com

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        1. re: terryucla

          They are currently open for dinner only, every night.
          After their Grand Opening in a couple of weeks, they will try to introduce some lunch hours; for this, I would call ahead as they were not sure how quickly their lunch offerings would begin.

          This discussion is being duplicated on this same LA Board at:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/415577