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The Rawbar renovations: See you there in March!

Rawbar outdoor patio and seating amidst construction. Taken by Jessica Miller Jan. 26

The sushi restaurant, Rawbar, has been closed for renovations since Jan. 1, but is planning to reopen, with cocktails, this March. 

The renovations will update the interior of the restaurant and expand the existing property, adding a lounge and a full bar.

Rawbar is celebrating its 24th year in Chico this May and Darren Chadderdon, restaurant co-owner, said they have built long-standing relationships with customers. 

 The hope is that the expansion will allow returning customers more access to the restaurant, Chadderdon said.

Chadderon expects that the lounge and bar will allow customers to visit comfortably if they are waiting on a table. 

The restaurant plans to expand hours later into the night once renovations are completed. 

Storefront of Ikoda Collective with decorated display windows. Taken by Jessica Miller Jan. 26

With the addition of the lounge and bar, Nikole Enns, Ikoda Collective business owner, was brought on to create a space that would welcome customers and honor the age of the building. 

Travel and the historic Rawbar storefront were Enns’ inspiration for the design. The selections she and the owners have made so far have been aimed at making the restaurant feel upscale and welcoming.

The new interior is described as being earthy meets modern lounge, Enns said.

Textile options for future designs inside Ikoda Studio. Photo taken by Jessica Miller Jan. 26.

There are many elements to consider when doing design work and sometimes it is challenging to follow a vision on a budget, Enns said. This has not been a struggle with the Rawbar design crew, which includes co-owners Chadderdon and Michelle Mazza, and head sushi chef, Matt Janeway.

“My favorite part has been working with Darren, Michelle and Matt. I’ve been so impressed with them as business owners and people in general,” Enns said. 

The Orion will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 

Jessica Miller can be reached at [email protected].

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Jessica Miller, Food Editor
Jessica Miller is a fourth-year English literature studies major at Chico State with a minor in linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This will be her first semester with The Orion. After graduation, she plans to pursue a single-subject teaching credential in English and begin teaching at the high school level in California. She loves to write, read and work at the Student Learning Center on campus as a Writing Center tutor as well as her ESL Support Services tutoring position.

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