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Sushi Island Wakefield to close!!

RoyRon Aug 21, 2013 04:04 PM

Sad news yesterday in an e-mail from Junji and Akiko Aoki, owners of Sushi Island. They have announced that they will be closing Sushi Island by the end of this month. The good news is that they are going to open a smaller place but the location hasn't been determined yet. As a big supporter of Sushi Island I will be especially sad to see it close. It is one of the only true, authentic and Japanese owned Japanese restaurants in the Boston area and hands down the best Japanese restaurant in the North Shore area.

While I 'm saddened to see them close I am hoping that they open a new place soon and I would love to see them open a true Japanese isakaya style place which, other than one other place, Boston doesn't have any of.

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    Gabatta Aug 21, 2013 05:35 PM

    That's a bummer, but can't wait for the new place. Crossing my fingers it is closer to Cambridge. Maybe the smaller place will allow them to focus even more on the excellent fish and traditional preparations at which he excels (just sushi bar with minimal kitchen)?

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      chompie Aug 21, 2013 07:17 PM

      really really bummed about this. they are like local family. I love akiko. Cant imagine a smaller place, its already only a few tables...

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        kobuta Aug 23, 2013 04:50 PM

        I would also love to see the place more accessible (Cambridge/Boston or otherwise). I would love to try, but no chance in heck of my ever making it out to Wakefield without a car. Here's wishing them good luck in getting a new place that will generate more traffic set up.

      2. ScubaSteve Aug 21, 2013 09:02 PM

        Crap! I work in Wakefield and was looking forward to a visit soon. Looks like it may be tomorrow.

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          cambridgedoctpr Aug 22, 2013 11:24 AM

          my experience with sushi island was that the food was good but the restaurant was nearly empty on a week-end night.

          He should leave Wakefield for more promising territory.

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          Gordough Aug 22, 2013 09:07 AM

          Bummer but by no means a surprise. My wife and I were there on a Saturday night a couple of weeks ago. We walked in at 6:30pm and literally were the only patrons in the entire restaurant. I said to my wife that they can't stay open much longer if this is what it looks like at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We thought more people would come during our meal. When we left at 10 minutes of 8, only one other table of 2 had sat down. So between 6:30pm and 8:00pm on a Saturday night they served exactly 4 customers total.

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            justbeingpolite Aug 22, 2013 09:57 AM

            And as the crowds were less, there was more risk of less fresh fish. My first few visits here were spectacular. The last couple, not so much. Hopefully a new, smaller space will allow Junji to keep fresher, more interesting product available.

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            Jetcone Dec 7, 2013 09:47 AM

            I went by today to get some Nabeyaki Udon, they make the BEST! Closed so sad. I hope they open somewhere close thats busy for them. Good luck Aoki's!

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              justbeingpolite Dec 7, 2013 03:01 PM

              I think on another thread it was noted that the new restaurant will be in Marblehead, named Junji's

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                RoyRon Dec 8, 2013 01:02 PM

                Yes, the new restaurant will be called Junji Fine Japanese Cuisine 114 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. There is no definite opening date posted yet.

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