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Elephant Sushi moving in to the former Little Gem spot in Hayes Valley

Elephant Sushi moving in to the former Little Gem spot in Hayes Valley
Image: Lillian C. via Yelp
By Joe Kukura - Published on September 27, 2021.

“Clean eating” destination Little Gem at Grove and Gough Streets was yet another COVID-19 casualty when it closed in late spring, adding to Hayes Valley’s vacant storefront woes. But thankfully, that spot won’t remain vacant for long. SFGate reports that Elephant Sushi is moving in, with an opening planned later this fall.

The original Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill dates back to 2012, and its rolls and truffles prepared by seasoned Japanese sushi chefs were a hit. The sushi spot would open a Lower Nob Hill location in 2015, and expanded to Oakland in 2019. In early 2020, two additional locations split and became Pinche Sushi and Pinche Poke, respectively, but an ABC license search shows that the new location will be owned by original Elephant Sushi owner Elena Neustadt.

That ABC license, by the way, is a Type 41 Beer and Wine license.

“We’ve always wanted to be in Hayes Valley,” Neustadt told SFGATE. “The location is perfect for us.”


The new Elephant Sushi at 400 Grove Street is currently planning a late October opening.