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New Restaurant 'Ijji' Headed To Former KK Cafe Space

New Restaurant 'Ijji' Headed To Former KK Cafe Space
Photo: Nuala Sawyer/Hoodline
By Nuala Sawyer - Published on May 20, 2015.

The storefront near the corner of Divisadero and Haight streets has been empty since KK Cafe vacated in January, leaving peanut milk lovers heartbroken. Now, thanks to a recently filed liquor license application, we've learned that a new restaurant called "Ijji" plans to take over the space at 252 Divisadero St.

Ijji appears to be a joint venture between Kuo Hwa Chuang and I-Chen Amanda Tsung, who already run two restaurants in the Bay Area: San Mateo's Naru Bento, which serves Taiwanese- and Japanese-inspired bento boxes, and San Carlos' Seiya Sushi

Though the pair have experience down the Peninsula, chef Kuo Hwa Chuang is no stranger to San Francisco. He also used to be a sushi chef at Domo in Hayes Valley, as well as Blowfish in the Mission.

Interestingly, the company which applied for Ijji's liquor license has also filed for one under the business name "Kinjo" at 2206 Polk St., implying that the pair may be launching two businesses at the same time. 

We've so far been unable to reach either Chuang or Tsung for details, but all signs point to a Japanese-inspired eatery with sushi, beer and wine likely appearing on the menu. Aside from that, you'll have to stay tuned for updates on 252 Divisadero St. as plans develop.