JohThere are three stalks of curved bamboo -- said to be a sign of good
luck -- in the bathrooms at restaurateur Tom Johnson's Sushi House in
Town Center Plaza. But the location apparently is no longer so lucky for
the eight-year-old sushi restaurant. It's closing this Saturday night.
do know we're closing on Saturday night, don't you?" said the cheery
blonde at the hostess stand as she packed up a carry-out order for a
couple of customers.
I knew, but only because Faith, a local blogger (and frequent Fat City commenter), put out the word this week.nson, once an executive for the former restaurant division of Crown Center, Culinary Concepts, has a long history with Town Center Plaza. Before opening the Sushi House, he had operated a casual Italian dining spot, La Dolce Vita, in the same shopping complex. That restaurant closed several years ago.
I asked my server at the Sushi House why the restaurant was closing. I remembered that a second Sushi House, in Olathe, closed in 2007.
"I was told that our owners were negotiating the lease and couldn't come to terms with Town Center Plaza," she said. "Our customers are begging Tom [Johnson] to move the restaurant to another location, but I haven't heard anything more about that possibility."
After I paid my bill, the cheery blonde reminded me to return before Saturday night.
"We're closing on Saturday!" she said. "We're booked with dinner reservations until 8:30 every night, but we have reservations after that."