After 28 years in Crown Center, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant has closed.
“Maybe we’ll move to a different location. I’m looking at moving south,” Kabuki owner Yasuhiko “Ted” Hamada said when reached by phone. “It’s hard to stay in downtown right now.”
In addition to its expansive sushi list, Kabuki had a dinner menu that melded American and Japanese tastes. The fried calamari had panko bread crumbs and it might have been the only place in the city where you could get a KC Strip steak or your beef served Shabu Shabu (thinly sliced beef boiled tableside). The sushi restaurant’s final day of service was December 31, 2013. Kabuki settled a lawsuit in October 2012 with the Crown Center Redevelopment Corp. over back rent.
“Many people came before I closed and they told me they want me to come back,” Hamada said.
He hopes to find a location on the Missouri side and believes it could be six months before he opens Kabuki again. Hamada intends to keep the concept and focus the same in the new space.