Bugs, the 15-seat sushi restaurant on East 12th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B, has closed.
An EVG reader, who spotted the Bugs sign outside in the trash last night, said the chef-owner, Shoo Boo, is returning to her native Japan.
The restaurant opened three summers ago... and drew praise from The New York Times, who noted:
Ms. Boo decorated the restaurant herself, wrapping twine around the front door handle, pinning ears of dried corn to a wall and filling the counter’s red shadowbox top with mosaics of broken glass. Light bulbs, shrouded in raffia, huddle in rattan boats dangling from the ceiling. The chairs, nine along the counter and six more at tables, could have been plucked from a hair salon.
It is the kind of place you are relieved still exists in the East Village: tiny, a little kooky, with its own weather.