Popular Wellington sushi restaurant Shinobi Sushi Lounge has closed its doors for good.
In a message sent out to its fans online this afternoon, Shinobi manager and chef Jeremy Wilson said it was with great regret he had to announce the restaurant would not be reopening in 2013.
When contacted by The Dominion Post, Mr Wilson declined to comment on the closure.
A Wellington City Council spokesman said the Vivian St building where Shinobi was based did not have any outstanding building concerns or consents which would affect business.
The popular restaurant was opened in 2009 and had been a regular feature in the yearly Wellington on a Plate food festival.
Its entry into the Burger Wellington competition last year was named as a top five finalist, and in 2011 food reviewer David Burton said Shinobi served the best sushi in town.
The sudden announcement prompted many to express their sadness over the loss of yet another sushi place in the inner city, after Midori Sushi on Willis St closed earlier this month.
"I actually can't process this news. Worst day ever for Wellington, a huge, huge loss to our city," Louise Kleingeld posted on Facebook.
Others similarly proclaimed Shinobi had the best sushi in Wellington, while Tom Egerton said the closure was "a big loss for Wellington's culinary scene".
- The Dominion Post
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