A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend in the Paseo District


Over the Memorial Day weekend, some members of the Gun Izakaya crew had the opportunity to volunteer during the Paseo Arts Festival. The festival draws thousands of people who come to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this event. The Gun Izakaya team was thrilled to get to meet many of our Paseo neighbors, business owners and art lovers from all over.


“What once started as a small street fair with a handful of volunteers, neighborhood prepared food, peg board booths and a borrowed stage, has grown to a nationally juried festival with over 60,000 visitors annually,” said Amanda Bleakley, Paseo Arts Association executive director.

The event is now the association’s largest annual fundraiser, the festival helps to support arts events in the Paseo year-round. The 84 Hospitality team is glad that we were able to volunteer each day of the festival, rain or shine. The Paseo Arts Association is a non-profit, 501 c 3 organization that provides a unique environment for the visual, performing and culinary arts. The association strives to enrich, educate and inspire the public through the arts.


Gun Izakaya is thrilled to join the many great merchants in the Paseo Art District. Gun is the sidekick to Goro in the cult classic film Tampopo. An izakaya, pronounced “ee-za-ky-ya,” is a Japanese pub serving street food and drinks. Gun Izakaya is brought to you by the brains behind Goro Ramen. An 84 Hospitality hangout, Gun is a casual, neighborhood Izakaya opening soon in the Paseo Arts District. It’s our take on traditional Japanese street and pub food ranging from Yakitori to dumplings, but executed with a modern, forward-thinking approach. Our food will play well with drinks, and we will bring the best sake menu in the state, house crafted cocktails, and the perfect mix of Japanese and local beers. Come in for an after work escape, conversation over a late-night meal with friends, or your next date night.