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Kushi Closes Permanently

After operating for over four years at 465 K Street NW, Kushi Izakaya (www.eatkushi.com) has closed permanently.

The restaurant opened in 2010 to rave reviews back and initially garnered a nomination for James Beard Award consideration. We respected how they attempted different ideas such as the underground “grey” market and later the Kushi-Moto food truck. But operations seemed to always be treading water after that first year. A few years ago Kushi was suspended for tax reasons and earlier this year they narrowly avoided eviction. One can surmise the space (and rent) was too big for a concept that was ill-suited to pull a lunch/brunch crowd. Owner Darren Norris has plans for a revival in a much smaller space at the corner of 14th & Church Streets NW. We thank him for his service and wish him the best with his future endeavor.
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Kushi Faces Eviction for Unpaid Rent

According to the Washington City Paper, Kushi Izakaya at 465 K Street NW faces eviction for unpaid rent.

Edens, which owns the property, filed a lawsuit in D.C. Landlord & Tenant Court on Jan. 24 seeking payment of more than $131,000 from August 2013 through this January. On Feb. 24, Edens also filed a separate civil suit for breach of contract against owners Darren Lee Norris and his wife Ari Norris as well as fellow lease guarantor Ichio Kushimoto, who lives in Japan. The complaint in the civil case says the restaurant owes nearly $160,000 in rent and other charges through Feb. 11.

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Kushi Delivery Survey

Kushi Izakaya (website | facebook) is interested in adding delivery service to their operations. In effort to gather information about what the delivery service should offer and what their delivery zone should be they have created a Google forms document to solicit feedback from customers. They’ve asked me to promote awareness of the survey on the blog. If you’re potentially interested in delivery from Kushi please take a moment to answer the survey.

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Performance Art Drummers at Kushi

Come and witness the incredible live performance at Kushi Izakaya & Sushi on April 11 (Thursday) this year. As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Kushi will host an extraordinary performance of Japanese drummers by Tamagawa University (Tokyo) starting at 8PM. This is Kushi’s 2nd year holding the event.  The drummers are back in full force this year again.

Restaurant opens at 5:30pm. $5 Admission at the door.

In addition, the evening will feature a Cherry Blossom inspired cocktails and special buffet dinner. The All You Can Eat Buffet is $40 per person (+ Tax & Tip), the buffet hours are 5:30PM – 9:30PM. We will also have our “Kushi-Moto” Food Truck parked outside near our patio area serving warm donburi bowls and sushi rolls.

Help celebrate the Japanese culture and very special Cherry Blossoms with an evening of entertainment, cocktails and cuisine.

There will also be a sake tasting event on the same day at 5:30pm.
See more about the sake tasting event here: www.eventbrite.com/event/6090413591

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Deal for Kushi

Today’s LivingSocial deal offers an excellent deal for Kushi Izakaya at City Vista. The deal is available through the weekend and any voucher bought is good for one year before expiring on 8/15/2012.

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Kushi Suspended

A reader named Brian notes that Kushi Izakaya at City Vista is closed this weekend with a notice from DC’s Tax and Compliance division posted on the glass.

Through social media Kushi has stated they should reopen later next week.

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Kushi news

Congrats to Kushi Izakaya for earning the superlatives of Best Asian Restaurant and Best Sushi in the readers poll portion of Washington City Paper’s Best Of DC contest.

Also noteworthy is that Kushi has committed to donate 100% of Pork Belly Kushiyaki sales to Japanese Red Cross Earthquake Disaster Relief. This relief fundraiser began on March 15th and will run indefinitely.

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Sake at Kushi

I highly recommend yesterday’s blog post from Jenn Larsen at We Love DC about Sake at Kushi. Larsen sat down with Kushi Beverage Director George Young and received an education on sake. The piece serves as very good primer for those less versed on the Japanese wine with information ranging from how the alcohol is produced to the various flavors and recommended pairings.

Photo courtesy of Max Cook; We Love DC

How do you like your Sake? Sweet or Dry?

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