Does anyone know what the deal is with Daruma in Bethesda? I went there last Friday a little after 3pm and it was closed. I just called their number and it was disconnected. Ren's is still open but the women there didn't know whether Daruma was closed for good or just for that day. Anyone have thoughts???
They were closed for good. There is something suspicious about how they shut up everything without telling anybody, including very close Japanese customers. The lady at the store hinted something like financial trouble.
Yes, Daruma is closed. For good. With serious direct (Hinata, Maruichi, and Hana, to name a few) competition, and less significant (international aisle at a number of supermarkets, H-Mart, Lotte) competition in the area, their years of poor service and gross markups are over. They won't be missed by me and many others in the Japanese community.