Speaking of Japanese, as I noted back in December, Matsukado took over the old Baluchi's space on Second Avenue between Sixth Street and Seventh Street...
Last evening, EV Grieve reader Peter passed along these photos with the news that Matsukado has closed...
The monthly rent is, according to the sign posted on the door, $12,500 a month. And and they owe more than $30,000.
As Fork in the Road noted, Matsukado is family-owned with two other branches in Japan.
I went there for lunch once. Sweet waitress, but the food wasn't very exciting. It's a great space inside and it's sorted of wasted in a way. There are just too many Japanese joints in EV. Very high competition. Hope the owner and the family are doing alright.
I tried it too when it first opened. The ramen I had was very average, and that obviously won't cut it around here. I'm actually surprised to find out it was a real Japanese-owned restaurant. My fried squid legs also arrived at the table sans any kind of sauce. My impression was that there wasn't a whole lot of care put into the food and that is just too bad. I'm all for more real Japanese restaurants here.
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