Started as a Japanese restaurant in Berkeley by Yoshie Akiba, a World War IIwar orphan, (who came to the United States to study dance, art, and dance therapy), and her friends Kaz Kajimura and Hiroyuki Hori, the club soon moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland, California and began to feature live jazz music. It eventually gained a reputation as one of the most significant jazz venues on the West Coast.
In May 1997, the club moved to Jack London Square during the revitalization of the Port of Oakland, as a 330-seat, 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) jazz concert hall with an attached 220 seat Japanese restaurant, assisted by funding from the Oakland Development Agency. On November 28, 2007, it opened a second 28,000-square-foot (2,600 m2) location in San Francisco's Fillmore District, as a flagship of the city's attempt to restore the formerly African American neighborhood (which was uprooted in the 1970s by urban renewal) as a center of black culture and jazz.On July 1 2014 Yoshi's San Francisco was purchased by Fillmore Live Entertainment Group. On November 1 2014 the name changed to The Addition Roy Haynes was the featured performer on the opening night of the new San Francisco location.