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Facing Closure, Acclaimed Sushi Restaurant Ushiwakamaru Hunts for a New Space

The restaurant may close by the end of the year, with a rent hike to blame.


The future of Ushiwakamaru, chef Hideo Kuribara's excellent, moderately priced sushi restaurant on Houston Street (and current member of the Eater 38), looks uncertain. Rumors that the restaurant faces a major rent hike have recently surfaced, and today an employee tells Eater that it will most likely close by the end of the year. The owners are currently looking for a new space to move to, but they haven't found anything yet. The employee could not confirm the rumors of a rent hike, but noted that the impending closure has to do with the building. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.