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.
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.
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
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.
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.
How do you like your Sake? Sweet or Dry?
Yesterday the James Beard Foundation published the list of Semi-Finalists for their 2011 Restaurant and Chef Awards. The awards are judged from on a national level and considered the most prestigious in the culinary world. Our very own Kushi Izakaya earned a spot among the Beard semi-finalists for Best New Restaurant. Congrats to Kushi!
This Sunday January 30th from 12-5pm the Grey DC group will be holding an underground Farmer’s Market at Kushi (465 K Street NW). The event has a $2 admission fee and requires a waiver to be signed before entry. The band Frau Eva will provide entertainment.
Why the Waiver?
The DC Grey Farmers Market is a private membership club that serves as an incubator for small food vendors who can’t yet afford to be licensed. By registering you are signing up for the club and signing a waiver that says you are aware that there may be products that have been made in a kitchen that has not been inspected by the health department.
The list of vendors includes: The Seasonal Pantry, Dre’s, The Gourmet Cherry, Gavin and Friends, Cunningham Farms, Guerilla Yoga DC, Zachari’s, Smokin’ Somethin’ BBQ, DE(vi)LISH! Confections, Holy Hell Pepper Sauce, White House Meats and of course Kushi.
Grey Markets plans to hold 3 events per year.