Hitoshi Nishitani has retired and his Broadway sushi bar did, indeed, close after 33 years of business. But Aoki Sushi wasn’t saying goodbye, it turns out.
Reopening under new management, Aoki is being reborn and putting the old sushi bar at 621 Broadway E to the same use. The new owner is a company registered to an Alex Bae but we don’t know any more than that.
Aoki’s revival along with longtime HaNa and newcomers like Noren keeps Capitol Hill in the $ to $$ sushi game as $$$ and $$$$ options increase.
Meanwhile paperwork is also flying down the street at the another Broadway oldtimer. Jai Thai has a new ownership structure, CHS is told, but the same people are involved. The owner remains founder Duangjit Alberts, according to state corporation filings.