Riki from Hakata Sushi--anyone know where he went?
I know it it's not exactly a chowhound favorite but I loved the sushi at Hakata in Santa Monica and just as importantly my husband and I loved hanging out with Riki and Taka and talking/watching sports while they made our sushi. It was a sushi place where we really felt at home. I took a few months off from sushi while I was pregnant and when I went in today the place had been remodeled, which it desperately needed, but Riki was gone (Taka too but he isn't usually there at lunch). The food was good, although not quite as good and the friendly vibe was definitely missing. I'd love to know where they went if anyone knows.