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Skool’s out: Japanese gastropub closes its doors after three years in midtown

The squid-ink spaghettina at Skool contained black noodles in a traditional dashi broth.
The squid-ink spaghettina at Skool contained black noodles in a traditional dashi broth. aseng@sacbee.com

Class is over at 2319 K St., where Skool Japanese Gastropub served its final meal Sunday night after three years in midtown Sacramento.

“Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us in the last 3 years,” a post on the restaurant’s Instagram page read Sunday. “We are grateful for every new friends we made and the experiences we made learned being here.”

Skool’s menu was full of Asian twists on familiar dishes, such as “chips and guac” (crab chips with avocado mousse, shredded seaweed and fermented plum powder) and karaage chicken-and-waffles. It struggled to fill its dining room on a block full of other restaurants and bars, though, despite bottomless mimosas and half-priced oysters on weekends and all-night happy hour on Tuesdays.

Competition on K Street between 23rd and 24th streets was slated to increase, too. Cider House opened earlier this month, Burger Patch remains under construction and Good Vibes Vegan Cafe & Herbs is in the works just around the corner.

Moto and Hiroko Nagano, Andy Mirabell and Olia Kedik opened Skool on K Street in 2016 after Turkish restaurant Anatolian Table, which retains a Rocklin location, closed there. Skool has another restaurant in San Francisco’s SoMa district, though the ownership group is slightly different.

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Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as general breaking news and investigative projects. A Sacramento native, he previously covered business for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.
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