What we do
Good Luck Gato is an izakaya cantina, a term we use to describe our collective heritage, our professional experience, and the fact that Japanese and Mexican drinking and food cultures naturally coalesce in the strong traditional recipes that are passed down generationally. Both cuisines highlight fresh ingredients with umami-forward flavors and both have renowned street food cultures that we work into the cocktails and small plates of this drinking establishment. We serve small plates with big flavors, thoughtful cocktails, beers + shots, and laidback vibes.
Who we are
Good Luck Gato is the product of Matthew Meyer, Daniel Paez, and Kyle Itani, who worked together at Oakland’s Hopscotch restaurant. Matt leads the food program, drawing upon his Mexican heritage and his experience cooking Japanese food as Kyle’s sous chef at Hopscotch. Daniel produces easy drinking cocktails and is responsible for the brand’s creative design. Kyle ensures everything is on track as the team’s seasoned restaurateur. The trio also owns and operates Low Bar, and Kyle’s portfolio includes Yonsei Handrolls, Itani Ramen, and Hopscotch Catering.