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Restaurant Openings & Closings

Sushi Nozawa Closes Today + Sugarfish Coming Next

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Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

click to enlarge Kazunori Nozawa at Sushi Nozawa - ROBERT AUGUST OLDING
  • Robert August Olding
  • Kazunori Nozawa at Sushi Nozawa
Tonight's your last chance for tuna, yellowtail and albacore at Sushi Nozawa, the 25-year-old sushi joint tucked into a Studio City strip mall. The restaurant, whose chef Kazunomi Nozawa has been described as a "sushi tyrant" and "imperious," told us last month that it would close its doors.

But it won't be the last opportunity for sashimi, ngiri and hand rolls surrounded by signs that read "Trust Me." Yesterday, the restaurant announced that the location will be converted into a branch of Sugarfish, Nozawa's chain of stylish, less expensive versions of the original. (Less intimidating, too.) All branches serve the omakase "trust me" menus for which Nozawa is known, along with a small a la carte selection.

Yesterday, scores of fans waited in line for a final meal. Others said goodbye on the Nozawa website, leaving comments such as, "I've been a regular worshipper at Nozawa's temple for well over a decade!" And: "Dear Sushi God, Please don't go!"

No date for the Sugarfish opening yet, but in the meantime, you can catch the Nozawa Test Kitchen at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on March 14, and every Wednesday. Tuna sashimi, toro hand rolls, crab hand rolls and cucumber hand rolls are slated for the menu.

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