“I thank all the amazing people that contributed, and guests that filled our lives,” the post presumably authored by owner Kjersten Winters says, adding that “I am super excited for change, especially for chef Matthew Kazama and his talented team.” In 2014 Winters’ executive chef, co-owner, and wife Mie passed away from cancer and Kjersten has been running it solo since.
Outpourings that consisted of both sadness and well wishes have filled the comment section of Obento-ya’s Facebook post. “Thank you for bringing delicious Japanese food to the community,” said one user. Another noted that “this is very sad. One of the best Japanese restaurants in town.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Another Obento-ya commenter put it this way: “I'm sad you're closing, but I'm happy another great place is moving in. Best wishes!”