Not that long after I started dating my now husband, we went to Kitaro and were seated next to this group of incredibly buff, flashily dressed guys, who were eating a shitload of sushi and speaking in muted Russian. See, I told, you, the Russian mob is everywhere in the Richmond! I said to Tim. Then the guys put on their black satin jackets that all read “Cirque du Soleil: Varekai” and walked out the door.*
But before they open, they have to pitch their tent, that is, their “Grand Chapiteau,” in Lot A, behind AT&T park. And Appeal photographer Matt Ghali was there to capture the pitching for you. Check out his gallery, above.
*OK, I’m the dummy for thinking the mob would eat at Kitaro, which is known as a, let’s say, economical sushi choice.