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mangia Oct 25, 2010 11:28 AM

Heard he was selling...Anyone know?

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    sushigirlie Dec 2, 2010 09:18 AM

    Seems like a lot of well-known sushi places are struggling right now.

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      ipsedixit Dec 2, 2010 09:22 AM

      Substitute "sushi places" with "restaurants" ...

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        sushigirlie Dec 2, 2010 09:29 AM

        Well yeah, that too. Yet tons of new restaurants keep opening up -- that's what I don't get.

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      TailbackU Dec 1, 2010 04:14 PM

      Anyone have an update on Ike san's situation?

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        tissue Dec 1, 2010 06:06 PM

        I went last night... Ike is gone. Looks like the new management have completely taken over. The menu is the same, down to the grilled octopus. I had it as well as other sushi - aji, tai, hamachi, salmon, tuna, amberjack, amaebi, ikura, etc. I was disappointed. The live shrimp that Ike was so famous for, they didn't have the spot prawns. They were smaller and not live. It wasn't BAD. It's just not good compared to before. Does anyone know where Ike went? When I last saw him a month ago, he was sad and didn't want to talk about it.

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          nimo Dec 1, 2010 07:28 PM

          My friends ate there tonight, and also reported that Ike is gone (although the older man who usually assisted him is still there). They - and others at the bar - asked about Ike, but no one would tell any of them anything. It's all a bit strange.

          Many of the sushi chefs around town know and respect Ike, so maybe the next time one of us is sat at another counter, we might subtly inquire if anyone knows his whereabouts...

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            ipsedixit Dec 2, 2010 08:46 AM

            When I last spoke with him (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7427...) he clearly was not comfortable talking about his "departure".

            Reading between the lines, it looks like he was forced out. Again, this is just me surmising, so don't go around spreading this as gospel.

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            Servorg Dec 2, 2010 05:45 AM

            "The live shrimp that Ike was so famous for, they didn't have the spot prawns. They were smaller and not live."

            Aren't we well outside the spot prawn season?

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              tissue Dec 3, 2010 09:49 AM

              I'm not sure what the season is. They had it last month.

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              TailbackU Dec 2, 2010 01:16 PM

              thanks for the report. sad i didn't get to go one last time before he left. I used to go there 3-4 times a month.

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                tissue Dec 3, 2010 09:49 AM

                Even after the regime change and dip in quality, the place was packed...

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            sammycakes Oct 26, 2010 01:05 PM

            Does anyone know more specifically how much longer Ike will still be behind the counter? I'd love to go one last time before he leaves.

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              carter Oct 26, 2010 02:45 PM

              You might call to find out!

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                tissue Oct 26, 2010 03:11 PM

                If anyone finds out please post it on the board!

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                  ipsedixit Oct 26, 2010 03:31 PM

                  Does anyone know more specifically how much longer Ike will still be behind the counter? I'd love to go one last time before he leaves.

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                  When I was last there, he said through November (but it may change). So, if you are going to, do it within the next 2-3 weeks to be on the safe side.

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                    TailbackU Oct 26, 2010 04:17 PM

                    Very sad indeed. It has been our go to spot for regular sushi dinners.

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                    sammycakes Oct 27, 2010 10:49 AM

                    Well, my girlfriend and I panicked last night and made a last trip to Sushi Ike. The fish was fantastic as always and Ike was still behind the bar. I asked the hostess if she knew anything about the restaurant being sold or Ike leaving, and she said no. Could be that they're not supposed to talk about it, could be that she honestly didn't know anything, or it could be that we're all mistaken. I have no idea at this point.

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                      ipsedixit Oct 27, 2010 10:53 AM

                      I asked Ike personally. He at first said, "I am still here" when I asked when he was leaving. Our conversation went something like this:

                      ME: When are you leaving.
                      IKE: I am still here.
                      ME: Yes, but I know you sold the store and no longer planning to stay on. So how long will you be here?
                      IKE: I don't know, for a little bit.
                      ME: How long? End of the year?
                      IKE: Probably not.
                      ME: Couple of more months.
                      IKE: Ay.

                      We talked a bit more afterwards, but that's the substance of our discussion. He didn't seem comformtable discussing it, and I didn't want to be rude about it.

                      Conversation took place in late September. So take it for what it's worth.

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                        sammycakes Oct 27, 2010 11:09 AM

                        Oh thanks, that does clear things up a bit.

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                        ns1 Oct 27, 2010 11:05 AM

                        you were there, and asked the hostess, but didn't ask Ike?

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                          sammycakes Oct 27, 2010 11:09 AM

                          I felt rude bringing it up with Ike. I actually felt rude bringing it up with the hostess.

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                      sammycakes Oct 26, 2010 12:52 PM

                      Oh, this is very sad indeed. This was my favorite sushi place.

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                        nimo Oct 26, 2010 11:14 AM

                        Anyone know why? Hopefully not related to the health problems he had a while back. I hadn't been to Ike for a while, but he will be missed.

                        1. hungerpangs Oct 25, 2010 11:46 AM

                          yes and no. ike is leaving. he sold the restaurant. the restaurant will remain.

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                            carter Oct 25, 2010 09:27 PM

                            Now to be Korean owned. Posting notice dated Sept. 2, 2010, meaning the escrow should close in the next week or two.

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