After ten years at 1806 NE Alberta St., Zilla Saké House is expanding into the space next door, adding 600 square feet and around 14 seats, with plans to accommodate more diners, host private buyouts, and offer culinary classes. Zilla is working with architect Holly Frixione and Jim Grandy the “Bamboo man” to complete the remodel and will temporarily close May 25 and tentatively reopen June 1.
Zilla Saké House is both a saké bar and sushi counter, and owners Kate Koo and Sam Saltos tell Eater the remodel will make these two offerings more distinct. The added space will have a saké-bar vibe, serving cocktails and adding beers and Momokawa Organic Ginjo Saké on-tap. The original room will continue to feature booth and counter seating, only now with a 100-percent-dedicated sushi counter.
Koo says Zilla will also begin holding sushi and saké classes in the near future — something she’s “talked about for years.” Koo is a font of sound sushi advice and certainly knows her saké: She’s a Certified Saké Professional with the Saké Education Council of Japan and holds the International Wine and Spirit Education Trust's Level 3 Award in Saké.