Chef Abe opens an izakaya

HUNTINGTON BEACH Calif. Famed Southern California chef Takashi Abe adds another izakaya-style Japanese restaurant to that growing field with the opening this weekend of Izakaya Zero.

The venture here is a partnership with Ted Lee, co-owner with Abe of Bluefin Fine Japanese Cuisine in Newport Coast, Calif., and Lee’s cousin  David Lee.  The three also plan to develop another Japanese restaurant together, Sea Smoke, a family-style place slated for a 2008 debut in

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