The Hub Theater at 5245 Lankershim Blvd., once a proverbial center for plays, music, and even variety shows, now functions as the storage closet for sushi restaurant Tokyo Delves-- but not for long.
After five years of housing the sushi bar’s surfeit of tables and chairs, the defunct theatre-- the marquee bearing its former name still intact-- is currently in the process of being transformed into a sake lounge called TD4 by the owners of Tokyo Delves.
“TD4 stands for Tokyo Delves Four because that's going to be our fourth business,” said Joe Tejeda, the manager and resident DJ at Tokyo Delves. “We have one in Orange County and one in Marina Del Ray.”
Tejeda says TD4 will be run by the owners of Tokyo Delves, but will exist as a business distinct from the adjacent sushi bar.
The lounge is set to open in roughly six to eight months and will have a capacity of 50-100 people.
TD4 will offer sake and mixed drinks as well as sushi and other Japanese cuisine. According to Tejeda, patrons will have the option to order off of Tokyo Delve's menu, and the two respective businesses will share a kitchen.
Tokyo Delves acquired the lease for The Hub Theater venue when it folded five years ago, said Tejeda.
The Hub Theater was formerly led by artistic director Rich Crater, a veteran in the entertainment industry, whose company goal was “to provide pure entertainment to all.”