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.