After operating for over four years at 465 K Street NW, Kushi Izakaya (www.eatkushi.com) has closed permanently.
It is with great disappointment to announce that Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is closing. Our last day is this Sunday,… http://t.co/EgY8Xc9sN0
— kushi izakaya (@eatkushi) September 26, 2014
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.