This is it, folks. In just a few short hours, Yoshi’s opens its San Francisco location on Fillmore Street. At 8 p.m., Roy Haynes is due to take the stage, backed by a super-group calling itself Yoshi’s Birds of a Feather. Guests who purchased the $100 tickets long ago will pack the sold-out house, and bloggers will salivate on themselves debating the merits of the new place.
As for us, we’ll just have to remember to actually order food when we finally make it in there. The last time we visited the Oakland location we purposefully filled up in advance, hoping to save money. We realized, as Taj Mahal entered the second hour of his set, that the whole point of Yoshi’s is to munch sushi while enjoying jazz and blues, and that we were cheating ourselves by simply digesting our Nation’s burger while nursing a Budweiser.