Our Kickstarter Campaign is live!

Welcome to our Village Sake Kickstarter Campaign! 

We are excited to bring Village Sake to our amazing home town of Fairfax, California. Village Sake is a Japanese pub serving mouth-watering Japanese “izakaya" fare with finely paired sake and craft beers. Having visited izakaya throughout Japan, we’ve long known that the relaxed pub feel, fantastic sake, and succulent small dishes would be a perfect fit in Fairfax. Village Sake will become the go-to pub to finish the day after enjoying the local trails, lakes, and activities, complementing streets that are already alive with vibrant people enjoying food, music, and friends.

Executive Chef Scott Whitman’s passion for Japanese food began while opening a restaurant in Osaka, Japan. He’s travelled through Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan exploring culture and cuisine and developing his unique cooking style. He earned a Michelin Star in 2007 & 2008 and was featured at the famed James Beard House in 2010 and 2014. Now, after 15 years as executive chef at the beloved Sushi Ran in Sausalito, he is excited to bring his unique style to Village Sake. 


The Village Sake Team 

Village Sake has assembled a truly great team. Partnering with Chef Whitman is Scott Porter, a lifelong Fairfax resident and local firefighter with strong ties to the community. Our designer, Jim Maxwell of Architects II, helped us draw from the best elements of the classic Izakaya to develop a relaxed but refined atmosphere that exists nowhere else in Marin. Darrin Sander of Eat Drink Works brings his management and service expertise to our operation. Our team is growing, and we’re excited to get this party started.