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Ichiban to Close After 36 Years in Downtown Minneapolis

This seminal Japanese restaurant will shutter at the end of this month.

Time to say goodbye to another icon of the Minneapolis dining scene.
Time to say goodbye to another icon of the Minneapolis dining scene.
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This morning the Star Tribune is reporting that Ichiban Japanese Sushi and Steakhouse will close its doors on July 30. Located at the edge of downtown Minneapolis, Ichiban long served as an entry point for Japanese cuisine for Minnesotans, an elegant location for romantic celebrations and a pillar of the Minneapolis restaurant scene.

Serving teppanyaki, with its flashy chef work where the diners sit around the hot grill, restaurant began as a part of a small chain, the Star Tribune reports. Other locations have all since closed, but the original in Winnipeg remains open.

Inside the lively dining room. Photo courtesy Ichiban

Inside the lively dining room. Photo courtesy Ichiban

With its flaming grills, employees in traditional dress and 70's styled dining room, Ichiban has remained a testament to another time, when dinner was a literal show and the guests got to participate.

Its location was once a dining destination for Minnesotans. Across the street was Oceanaire and Manny's Steakhouse, but both restaurants have since moved to other locations. With the Nicollet Mall reconstruction happening, getting to the restaurant lately has been a challenge.

Now, Ichiban will pass into the history of Minneapolis dining, just like Nye's Polonaise Room and La Belle Vie, historic dining rooms that transported guests a million miles from Minneapolis one plate at a time. The restaurant will remain open normal business hours until that final service at the end of this month. There are a few more chances to say goodbye and thank them all for the memories.

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