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    JM says

    Living Social gives refunds upon request if the business goes under before your coupon expires. I had this happen to me with a restaurant in Columbia Heights.

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    anon says

    @tony – come on…you know what purpose my comment serves – don’t be so naive! If the business goes under and you are left holding essentially a piece of paper worth nothing then isn’t there a risk in purchasing the deal from living social. Thanks for JM’s comment clarifying this issue.

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    Tony says

    @anon – Do you really think that if a place as popular as Kushi went out of business, that a money-maker like Living Social would not refund your money?!? I mean, really! Who is being naive here? It sounds like you’re not really a Kushi fan. The reason I didn’t see any purpose in your comment is because it was rather negative. Kushi is a great restaurant and I’m sure the hundreds of people who will buy the Living Social offer look forward to them being around for the foreseable future.

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    anon says

    @tony – sounds like you are a Kushi fanboy…not hatin’ just being real…enjoy that place while it lasts, cause if it takes the DC government to come into your restaurant and shut it down for you to pay your taxes then things are worse then they seem. I give that place 6 months before it goes belly up — you can then contact living social and get your refund…ha!

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    Sarah says

    I just think it’s not smart to put Kushi and Mandu right next to each other. As someone who walks by nightly, Mandu seems to be doing well, while Kushi never seems to be full. That being said, Kushi’s menu was complicated and they even reduced a lot of the favorites. I like Kushi – and go there often, but I don’t think it will be there for long (which I predicted when Mandu opened). City Vista should already be looking for someone to fill that spot.

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    Bruce says

    Sarah: I’ve been to both restaurants and aren’t convinced that they compete in any meaningful way. Korean and Japanese food really aren’t all that similar; while some Korean and/or Japanese restaurants might include both types of cuisines on their menu, my perspective is that Kushi and Mandu generally stay off each other’s turf.

    Kushi usually has decent crowds when I go by, typically around 10:00 PM or so. If anything, I think Kushi is hurt by its big footprint; the place must be three or four times the size of Mandu, so I assume their rent is accordingly higher. If they had only taken half or so of that space, they’d probably be in better financial shape right now.

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    anon says

    @Sarah and Bruce – agreed. Kushi’s overhead appears to be too big for such a restaurant and worries me about their long-term viability. They even admitted as much in a Wash Post article shortly after the unpaid taxes situation by saying that they cut back on the menu b/c it was overly complicated and costly and also on the staff (had too many chefs). They also interestingly stated that Kushi was the creation of an artist and a chef — which is troubling as they may not have properly mapped out the financials for such a large operation prior to starting it. I hope they can make it as it adds much to the area — but I don’t know. Restaurants in DC seems to open and shut down quite regularly.

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    japanese says

    It is sure that they can pay overdue taxes by this deal 😉
    It means deep in debt…

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    perry says

    A fee of Living Social is 40% and pays profit 30 days later.
    Wow, Kushi gets over $170,000 in a month, it is much better than from easy money lender!