Less than a year after debuting in the Joule building, Saizen Sushi has apparently turned off its conveyor belt and is clearing out its space. Details and pictures from tipsters Art and Todd:
Saizen Sushi has a sign posted that they are “closed for today only”. However, there is currently a small army taking out all of the furniture and putting it in a U Haul that’s parked right out front.
Last summer, CHS talked briefly with Saizen restauranteur Kevin Kim. “We celebrate really good quality and fresh meat,” he told CHS. “Everything will be fresh.” Kim said Saizen was his first restaurant after running a smoke shop business selling pipes and cigars on Aurora.
The Stranger had recently mentioned Saizen as the only Joule commercial tenant that is “a single, independent business.” Make that was. A person familiar with the situation said the restaurant had been struggling to make rent for months We’ve left messages with Saizen and Kim and will follow up if we hear more.
Capitol Hill’s sushi options remain strong with Sushi Maki, Liberty, Pinto Thai, Aoki, Hana, Octo, Momiji, Genki and, um, QFC still providing solutions for your avocado roll and sashimi needs.
Thanks again to Art and Todd for the pictures.