Bob Shallit

Vandals wreak havoc at midtown Sacramento sushi bar

Vandals tore down ceilings and did other damage earlier this month at Tamaya Sushi.
Vandals tore down ceilings and did other damage earlier this month at Tamaya Sushi.

The property manager at a midtown restaurant is calling the place a “war zone” following apparent vandalism there earlier this month.

The operators of Tamaya Sushi Bar & Grill lost their lease for the business at 2131 J St. and were due to be out by Dec. 4, said Mary Mesa, the building’s lease manager.

On the night of Dec. 3, she said, somebody did “severe damage” to the place, pulling down ceilings, smashing toilets, cutting electrical wires, pouring concrete into drains and destroying mosaic tiles on walls and granite countertops. Air conditioning equipment also was removed.

Adding insult, soy sauce was poured all over the floors.

“You feel violated,” Mesa said.

The total damages? “Definitely more than $100,000 and it could be up to $500,000,” she said.

Insurance will cover most of that, but Mesa said she is still upset by the incident.

The former operators of the restaurant could not be reached for comment on the vandalism.

Mesa has filed a police report but said she wasn’t given much encouragement.

“They said that without video coverage they wouldn’t have much to go on,” she said.

But Officer Justin Brown, a Sacramento Police Department spokesman, said the department is aware of the complaint and will look into it.

“It’s just a matter of time,” he said.

Happier Trails for Shoki

And now some better restaurant news: The new 21st Street location for Shoki Ramen House is finally about to open – seven months later than expected.

As for the delay, “some things came up here and there,” said Kathy Ueyama, who owns the popular Shoki business with her husband, Yasushi.

The biggest of those things?

City inspectors required the Ueyamas to replace a brick chimney that served as a hood over the cooking area in the front of the former Trails Restaurant, the site of their new venture. Ordering a new hood and doing construction to accommodate it took many months, Kathy Ueyama said.

Actually, the couple could have used a code-compliant kitchen in the back of the restaurant and opened in June. But Ueyama said her husband was intent on cooking right in the open “so his customers can see how ramen is made.”

Now, with the new hood installed, “you’ll be able to see much closer what’s happening behind the scenes – the people dishing up noodles and sauces,” she said.

The couple opened their first location in Curtis Park in 2007 and had an instant hit, with lines constantly outside the tiny eatery. They have since opened a larger restaurant on R Street and closed the original site.

A soft opening could happen at the 21st Street site, near Broadway, in the next week or so, Ueyama said, with an official opening early next month.

Top dollar paid for warehouse

In a deal illustrating the high demand for local industrial space, an investment group has paid $23.5 million for a 400,000-square-foot warehouse in Woodland.

County records show a group called Generation Industrial II LLC purchased the building from Lotus Pacific Investments of British Columbia, which bought the building just two years ago.

Rob Cole, a broker with JLL in Sacramento who represented the seller in the deal, confirmed the sale took place earlier this month but declined to provide any information about the purchasing group.

However, he said the deal reflects increasing demand for industrial space here by investors across the country.

“High-quality, class A distribution warehouse (property) is absolutely at the top of the wish list of many investors,” said Cole, who worked on the deal with partner Alan Stevenson and members of JLL’s Central Valley Industrial Group. “They’re really willing to pay up for it right now.”

One big advantage of that sort of space: Unlike office buildings and retail space, only minor landlord expenditures are required when one tenant departs and another moves in.

The Woodland warehouse is at 2030 Hanson Way, near Interstate 5, and is occupied by household goods company S.C. Johnson.