That's it for Dojo on West Fourth Street at Mercer... it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the restaurant was not going to reopen after sitting vacant following a Sept. 13 DOH inspection that closed its doors. (You can read the previous post here.)
The inspection turned up 62 violation points, which appeared to be correctable items before any follow-up visit.
In any event, the contents of Dojo have been removed ... and the signage has come down.
And a little cut-and-paste Dojo history:
Dojo began in the East Village, first with the Ice Cream Connection on St. Mark's Place between Second Avenue and Third Avenue in March 1970. Tony Yoshida's Japanese-inspired vegetarian cuisine came along in 1974. And via the Dojo website:
In 1982, Dojo took over the space next door and expanded even more. Then in 1991, Dojo in the West Village was created – both Dojo East and Dojo West were favorite local gems. Unfortunately in 2007, Dojo East was closed down due to high rent. BUT Dojo West is still going strong!
I posted the news on Twitter yesterday. Seems as if a lot of people have Dojo memories.
Wow. I have been eating here for nearly 30 years. (Always the soy burger with that amazing carrot ginger dressing) Went here the night of our jr prom rather than do whatever kids usually do. And when I was most poor, it was so affordable. https://t.co/9VCCtv4aLm— Dusty Rebel (@TheDustyRebel) October 25, 2018
My heart will weep for carrot ginger dressing and cold sesame noodles forever. https://t.co/UgOUuLvv7l— Morgue Shanahan (@the818) October 25, 2018
Sending thoughts and prayers to all my NYU History peeps. https://t.co/xQSybpplit— Thomas Fleischman (@TomFleischman) October 25, 2018
RIP the one place in NY that catered to both my brokeness and my vegan-ness at age 17 in the summer of 2002. https://t.co/tTR3Ymde5Y— Judy Berman (@judyberman) October 25, 2018
...and even if you frequented the place...
the number of mediocre meals i had here with TISCH friends right after moving to NY. incalculable. https://t.co/VqwLTaBBfS— w.e.b. da boyyy (@rodb) October 25, 2018
Carrot ginger dressing on every fucking thing on the menu. RIP. Also, it was gross. https://t.co/DrGyJuV9W4— gabe mckinley (@gabejamckinley) October 25, 2018
I ate here every week for 3 years. The food was awful. https://t.co/9voja5F7S2— Charlie Lait (@charlielait) October 25, 2018
Previously on EV Grieve:
Dojo looks to have closed for good
Concern for Dojo, which has now been closed for 2 weeks