It’s a sad day for the many loyal fans of Daikichi in Montclair. The Kaneda family, owners of Daikichi, posted a message that they will be closing the restaurant on September 16 after 35 years in town. The news hit hard for those who have been visiting the restaurant for years and have grown to love its authentic Japanese dishes and warm atmosphere.

Locals have been posting their disappointment with the news on social media. Notes such as, “Montclair will never be the same” and “An end of an era,” are filling local Facebook groups. Despite the sadness, many expressed gratitude for the decades of delicious food and welcoming hospitality that Daikichi provided to the community.

Daikichi has been frequently named a favorite local restaurant in our Baristanet Profile series:

“Daikichi, all the way, hands down, 100%. If I could afford to eat there literally every day, I almost definitely would! I seriously hope they someday re-open their much-missed dining area, as I just know SO MANY PEOPLE in town (and out of town!) wishing we could sit down and eat there like in the good old days, self and best friends included!”

Cordelia Siporin

“My fave restaurant is Daikichi, my favorite is the Popeye Roll. I love the peanut topping. And of course, chatting with Aki is always fun too.” Meridith Manlowe

In 2011, Daikichi expanded and opened Upstairs, a very hip bar and restaurant above the restaurant. In 2018, Upstairs closed, the liquor license was sold, and Daikichi reverted back to its former status as a BYOB restaurant. The restaurant closed its dining room during the pandemic and never reopened it—only offering takeout and delivery the past few years.

Montclair Local has reached out to the Kaneda family for more information and will share any updates.

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  1. Thank you Aki, for such great food and fun. After 35 years, we hate to see Daikichi close. You have been an institution in town. Wishing you and family all the best.

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