Yoshi's is a jazz club in Oakland, California that has been in business since 1973. It was originally a North Berkely sushi bar that was owned by a group of local students. The main owner, Yoshie Akiba came to the country to study dance and fine arts and opened the restaurant with her two closest friends. The restaurant was wildly successful and within four years had moved to a larger venue where the live musical performances began. During the next two decades, the restaurant became one of the most popular performance destinations for jazz artists and jazz lovers. Performances have included Harry Connick, Jr. Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis and McCoy Tyner. In 1997, Yoshi's relocated again to Jack London Square as part of an area relocation plan. The new venue is a 17,000-square foot club with a state of the art sound system. The menu feature modern Japanese cuisine made with fresh, high-quality seasonal ingredients and traditional spices and is considered one of the best places to dine and hear live music. The restaurant is available for special event rentals and offers seating for 325 guests in the performance area and 200 in the dining area. The private dining space, the Enkai Room, offers seating for 50-70 guests and is ideal for luncheons, seminars and meetings.