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May 19, 2011 01:23 PM

What happened to Hakata?

I've been going to this Santa Monica bar/sushi restaurant for ages, and suddenly--REALLY suddenly--it appears to be closed, without warning. Does anyone know what happened?

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  1. Julica-

    I asked a guy in the area who works at a business a few doors down. He said Hakata and the business next to them, simply cleared out with no notice after 25 years. They didn't advise any of the neighbors of it. I was shocked, as I loved this place.....


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    1. re: missymiller

      That does make me a bit sad.... But hardly a surprise. When previous owner Margie sold the place about 10+ years ago, it took a bit of a dip in my book. Assuming it's closed for good, it will always have a place in my heart (along with Noma further down Wilshire) as my first real intro to sushi back in the 70s. And a fun place to meet up with buddies for a drink and late evening meal. Nothing in S.M. lasts forever it seems -- (including me). Hope it's only temporary, but just in case, RIP Hakata.

      1. re: cagey

        Cagey, Hakata has done a bit of hand-changing--and I did think the people at this latest incarnation were very sweet. No telling if they'll be back when the place re-opens, but I hope so! Funny how attached you can get to your "regular" place.

      2. re: missymiller

        Not really sad to see this place go - I have been only twice and was very disappointed each time. I hope something great replaces it.

        1. re: missymiller

          Thanks, Missy, for the info. There's actually a sign up now saying that the place will be re-opening under new management at the end of June. So we'll see!

        2. Well, for one thing, they did not pay their state board of equalization taxes, and for another, a new posting notice went up last Thursday, the 9th of June, providing the new name and ownership info for the new operation, seen here:

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          1. re: carter

            > they did not pay their state board of equalization taxes.

            Interesting, how do you know this? Is there some listing at

            1. re: Peripatetic

              If you clicked on the link, the license states at the bottom that the State Board placed a hold on the license, which means they did not pay the taxes, and that said taxes would be deducted from the selling price of the license, assuming there is a selling price sufficient to cover said lien.

              1. re: carter

                Ah, okay, thanks for deciphering that!

          2. Just re-opened under a new name, which I will refrain from posting. Not that Hakata of late was all that terrific, but the new establishment is not worth going to.

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            1. re: Iceman

              Kimuya is said name, owned by Myung Kim - what a coincidence!