Blue Delta Restaurant Group brings the Japanese Izakaya style of dining to three locations in the heart of the East Bay California, including Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Danville. The name “Izakaya” is a compound word consisting of “I” (to remain) and “Sakaya” (sake shop), showing that the Izakaya originated from sake shops which allowed customers to remain on the premises to drink and eat. They served dishes that were small in portion while offering many varieties, nearly all of them designed for drinking.
Never satisfied with the status quo, Blue Delta is redefining the idea of the traditional Izakaya by elevating its offerings and service while still providing a fun, casual, and relaxing environment. While the fundamental culinary inspiration comes from Japan, we use ideas and ingredients from around the world. From a casual, neighborhood sushi bar, to a refined dining establishment, we offer seasonal menus while supporting local farmers who grow organic produce and use meats and fish that are farmed and caught sustainably.
Director of Operations
Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian got his Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Justice Administration. However, before starting a career in law enforcement, Brian got his start in the restaurant business, as an owner and operator of a sports bar, and later, a sushi bar and sake lounge. After deciding to leave Hawaii, Brian moved to California where he began his career in the hotel business, eventually moving into the role of the Food and Beverage Director.
After leaving the hotel, Brian took the role as the opening General Manager of Blue Ginkgo in Blackhawk. Brian has since taken on the role of the Director of Operations and is now overseeing both Sasa in Walnut Creek and Blue Gingko in Blackhawk.