Donguri, the excellent Upper East Side Japanese restaurant and longtime member of the Eater 38, is currently closed for a revamp. According to the restaurant's website, executive chef Hitoshi Kagawa has decided to return home to Japan after nearly ten years at the helm of Donguri, and the restaurant is now under new ownership.
The new chef/owner is Yorinobu Yamasaki, formerly the chef of the now-shuttered Kai, which sat above an Ito En tea shop on the Upper East Side (Donguri was also owned by the the Japanese tea company). At Kai, Yamasaki served a similar menu to the one found at Donguri, including a prix fixe kaiseki option and simple a la carte meat, seafood, and noodle dishes. No word yet, however, on what the new Donguri will entail. The revamped restaurant will reopen "in the coming weeks."