Acme Hospitality has relaunched Tyger Tyger, the Funk Zone’s Asian-inspired cafe, at 121 E. Yanonali Street. The original Tyger Tyger opened in 2018 but the pandemic forced the restaurant to close, and the concept was placed on hold.
The eatery became a test kitchen to give Acme Hospitality chefs a place to experiment with new menus, concepts and pop-ups. Consulting chef Jasmine Shimoda (formerly of Los Angeles vegan restaurant Jewel and Santa Barbara’s Loquita) and Chef Trevor Laymance (farm-to-table fine dining chef hailing from Ojai) put their heads together to develop a new plant-forward menu offering vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and omnivore options. Tyger Tyger 2.0 offers breakfast and lunch daily and dinner service Thursday-Saturday.
The building on Yanonali was built in 1945 by the Castagnola family as the original “net barn” where fishing nets were stored and repaired and has served the community as an auto repair shop, bakery and catering kitchen/café