Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Yoshi's San Francisco Sold to New Ownership Group

By Kathleen Richards
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Yoshi's San Francisco has been sold to a new ownership group, it was announced today. The new group, Fillmore Live Entertainment Group, LLC, will take over beginning July 1. As we've previously reported, the San Francisco venue has struggled financially over the years, and increasingly booked non-jazz acts. According to the statement released today, Yoshi's Oakland will continue to operate under its current management.

Here's the full announcement:

Yoshi's San Francisco, the Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant which opened in the Historic Fillmore District in November 2007, has been sold to a new ownership group, Fillmore Live Entertainment Group, LLC. The new ownership group has infused new capital and is committed to ensuring that this will be a seamless and successful transition from one ownership group to the other. Fillmore Live Entertainment Group, which has retained Bob Burke of Ovation Consulting Restaurant + Hospitality to oversee operations, will take over Yoshi's San Francisco on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Mr. Burke draws experience from a number of other venues which include: Gordon Biersch, Piatti, Pat Kuleto Restaurants, and Forge. The new ownership is expected to keep Yoshi's San Francisco's name for the foreseeable future, and has no plans to make immediate changes in the live music and food & beverage program. All previously paid for show tickets, gift cards and dining vouchers will continue to be honored under the new management as appropriate.

“This transition provides the opportunity to implement exciting plans for the future including re-branding the entire concept. This will include more diverse music programming, a new food and beverage menu, and creating a dynamic guest experience,” said Michael Johnson, Managing Partner of Fillmore Live Entertainment Group. “While Yoshi's SF, has achieved substantial success over the last 6 years, this is a tremendous opportunity to build on that, and position this venue in the marketplace for even greater success in the future."

Kaz Kajimura, the outgoing Manager of Yoshi’s San Francisco said “I want to thank my management team in San Francisco for their hard work in making Yoshi’s a respected name in the San Francisco restaurant and music business.” We have provided quality food and entertainment to over a million patrons since we opened in 2007.”

Yoshi's Oakland will continue to operate unchanged with its current management at its Jack London Square location, offering the same high-quality entertainment and food, as it has for over 40 years.

For media concerns relating to Yoshi's San Francisco's current ownership, please contact: Lisa Bautista, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, at lisa@yoshis.com or regarding Fillmore Live Entertainment Group, please contact: Brad Flewellen at bflewellen@urbancorellc.com.

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