July 25, 2012

Umami Mart Grand Opening August 3 (OAK)

by Kayoko

Hello! Sorry I haven’t been blogging much, but I wanted to update you on how the shop is coming along. Our big opening day will be next Friday 8/3! Waaaaa!

We’re slaving away here every day and have put everyone we know to work. Ha! No seriously, all of our friends and families are involved now, and knee deep in DIY projects. One moment there is good news. The next, bad! horrible! devastating! news. But nothing we can’t overcome! We are cheering ourselves on, and problem solving every step of the way. It is all very intense, but will be worth it when we open our doors to you!

Vinyl decals on the facade by the very talented Cindy Liu.

Remember those god awful black floors? Four coats of white paint and a gloss finish later, and TA-DA! Don’t get them dirty!

Johnny + chopsaw.


More building

Boxes and boxes of new cocktail + kitchen items, fresh off the boat from Japan! Like Christmas!

Anders Arhøj, our designer for the space, is finally here from Copenhagen! He is cracking the whip and keeping us in check every step of the way.

Designer’s Prison

Hamaya, Japanese arrows that destroy evil spirits, by Yoko’s Mama.

We open in just NINE DAYS, for Oakland’s First Friday!

In true Umami Mart style, we’ve invited our favorite Bay Area food + drink friends to liven up the big grand opening celebration. There will be:

– Whisky highballs by Yamazaki Whisky
– Sake by Sho Chiku Bai
– Japanese grilled treats by Kid Skwid (my lil bro)
– Music by the Gypsy Swing Combo

You don’t want to miss out on this, it will be Oakland’s Party of the Year!

Hope to see you on the 3rd! In just nine days!


  • seri
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Sweeeeet! CRAP, I was just writing to say can’t wait to celebrate with you gals, but realized I will be in Ukiah that night!!! SO SAD! I’ll just have to stop by another night with some food/drinks to celebrate separately.

  • Posted July 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to check it out!

  • Kiwa
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Omedetou! Looks amazing.

  • Nobuko
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Congratulations! Looking forward to visiting the store.千客万来

  • G Sekine
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Congrats you two! Best of luck!

  • alda
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Much love and congratulations, Kayo, Yoko and Anders! I wish I could be there to help and celebrate with you. It’s gonna be ridonk. Can’t wait to see it in person soon. xxoo

  • James
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    What time is the grand opening getting started?

  • Kayoko
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Thanks for all the love! Kiwa + Alda, we feel the NYC love! Nobuko + Genzo, please come by soon!

    James, party starts at 6pm. Hope to see you.

  • Posted August 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Wish Vanessa and I could be there, it sounds like it’s gonna be a great event! Congrats!

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