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Friday, March 30, 2012

HayaHon Begins Izakaya Popup at Former Mercury Lounge, Now Called SPACE 1582

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

click to enlarge HayaHon's Johnny Honda (left) and Mark Hayashida. - MARISSA CARTER PHOTOGRAPHY

Mark Hayashida has covered a lot of culinary territory since graduating from college: cooking Classic French-inspired cuisine at the LA Ritz-Carlton, working on the sushi bar at the San Jose branch of Blowfish, cooking at Google, helping open Skool in Potrero Hill. Three weeks ago, he and partner Johnny Honda, whom he met at Google, have moved into the popup business, launching HayaHon, a roving izakaya. On Tuesdays, they are in residence at Cafe Royale in the Tendernob, but their main popup is taking place Thursday through Saturday nights at SPACE 1582, which used to be Mercury Lounge (1582 Folsom, at 12th St.; no website yet).

"We're basically calling ourselves an izakaya," Hayashida says. "So that means small plates, yakitori, and ramen -- and the entree stuff is where we get to have fun. My cooking background is French, but I'm from Hawaii, so I get to throw all those things in, changing the menu every week to dial in what customers want." You can follow HiyaHon through its Facebook page and Twitter feed, or make reservations via email.

In more news about the newly renamed SPACE 1582, former Mercury Lounge chef Dominic Ainza has informed SFoodie he now cooks with Tim Luym at Attic Restaurant in San Mateo, but is still involved with SPACE 1582. "We will be an event space, working with catering companies to host dinner parties and other events -- even happy hour meetups and such," he wrote us. 

Ainza is also responsible for coordinating popups in the space and teaching the occasional Tuesday night class. With Magic Curry Kart's Brian Kimball teaching cooking classes on Monday and HayaHon in residence on weekend nights, Ainza is looking for additional popups for Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights, and Sunday brunch. If you're interested, email him at

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