Shogun at the Pacfic Beach Closing
We have never dined there, but I have heard some rumors that many such spots are in financial trouble, as the Japanese tourists, in particular, are not flocking to Hawai`i, as they had. Now, I've seen this cycle up and down over the decades, but with MBAs looking at "bottom lines," it does not take much of a fluctuation, before doors close. Since this is at least a semi-corporate spot, I cannot imagine that they would be inclined to weather the tourist storm, like a chef-driven spot might.
I hope that tourism, regardless of point of origin, in Hawai`i stays strong. Considering the # of "specials" that I am receiving right now from airlines, hotels, restaurants, etc., I think that things are tight. While I am not a fan of big crowds, I also understand the need for a restaurant, hotel, airline, etc., to generate a profit. I'd give up the quiet and solitude, to keep the doors open for some real favs.
Thanks for the update. Since I am not familiar with this restaurant, I am looking at it as a sign of economic changes, in general, and Hawai`i in particular.
re: Bill Hunt
Visited there a couple of weeks ago and what you are saying is true. The high-end restaurants we visited were not as crowded like it is here in LA. The ones we ate at contained mainly mainland tourists it seemed. Very few visitors from Japan, and if they were, they were older people. The younger folks usually frequented fast foods places if I had to guess?
Too bad Shogun has decided on closing since the ambience was very relaxing. The indoor fish tank and oriental setting made it a pleasant dining experience. The whole staff was very cordial and the service was impecable. It's hard to make a go in Hawaii. You just can't be good, you have to be outstanding!