Midtown’s Kru restaurant to close Aug. 31, a month before move

Bill Ngo sits at sushi bar at his restaurant Kru on July 11, 2013.
Bill Ngo sits at sushi bar at his restaurant Kru on July 11, 2013.

Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine is shutting down its J Street location after Wednesday, Aug. 31, with the expectation of opening its new space, next to OBO’ Italian Table & Bar on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento, in early October.

Kru will offer its last service at dinner on Wednesday, chef/owner Billy Ngo said. It will not be open for lunch Wednesday.

Ngo opened Kru 11 years ago in its current space at 2516 J St., where it quickly built a reputation for offering some of the best food in Sacramento. The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson gave the restaurant four stars out of four in 2013, and San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer recently included Kru on his list of Sacramento’s top 10 restaurants.

Ngo said he had hoped there would be less of a gap between the closure of the J Street space and opening of the new space at 3135 Folsom Blvd. But he said the time was right to close up shop on the old place, because Tank House BBQ and Bar co-owner Tyler Williams, who plans to transform the J Street Kru space into a tiki-themed bar/restaurant called the Jungle Bird, is eager to move in.

“I am sad” to be leaving Kru’s first space, Ngo said. “I have been here for 11 years. But at the same time, I am really happy to get out, too. For what we are doing, we are working harder instead of smarter to get our food out (in midtown), with such limited space and equipment.”

At 6,400 square feet, the new Kru space holds more than three times the square footage of the J Street space.

If you’re looking for a table Tuesday or Wednesday at the J Street Kru, chances are slight. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, nearly every table for both nights was booked.