In recent years (going back to say, 2005?), the building's northern retail space has been home to — if memory and old blog posts serve us — Filthy McNasty's, Vasmay Lounge, 12" Bar, Essex Ale House, Peri, Bar Chevere, Casa Humo and Benson's... and had been vacant the past two years.
We don't know anything about Takumi, the new tenant, at the moment. Hopefully, they can make it work here.
Gazab, an Indian restaurant that we hear good things about, opened in the other retail space here this past July.