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Is Sushi Ike closing?

Heard he was selling...Anyone know?

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

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    1. re: hungerpangs

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

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

        1. 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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            1. re: sammycakes

              If anyone finds out please post it on the board!

              1. re: sammycakes

                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.

                1. re: ipsedixit

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

                2. re: sammycakes

                  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.

                  1. re: sammycakes

                    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.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Oh thanks, that does clear things up a bit.

                    2. re: sammycakes

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

                      1. re: ns1

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

                  2. Anyone have an update on Ike san's situation?

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                    1. re: TailbackU

                      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.

                      1. re: tissue

                        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...

                        1. re: nimo

                          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.

                        2. re: tissue

                          "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?

                          1. re: Servorg

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

                          2. re: tissue

                            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.

                            1. re: TailbackU

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

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

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                          1. re: sushigirlie

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

                            1. re: ipsedixit

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