After 36 years in business, downtown Minneapolis' longest-running Japanese steakhouse will shutter at the end of the month.
As a classic teppanyaki grill, Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar served up "more than dinner" from its distinctive pagoda-style structure at the corner of Nicollet and Grant. "You get a dramatic show: flashing knives sure to dazzle as your chef/server chops, slices, and dices your grill item into a delicious work of art," we once wrote of the singular dining experience.
According to the Star Tribune, Keith Levit, son of Ichiban founder Jack Levit, was mum about the reason for the closure, though ongoing construction on Nicollet Mall likely played a hand. Ichiban is the third restaurant on Nicollet Mall to close in the span of one year, following Masa and Vincent.
"Thirty-six years is a long time to do anything," Levit said. "We've been a staple in the community for much of that time and that's something we're very grateful for. It's sad that it's coming to an end here but we're very proud of what we've accomplished."
Ichiban's last day in business is July 30.
Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar
1333 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
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