Japan’s first sushi restaurant, Ayce, will close its doors on January 15, the company said in a statement.
The business is part of a trend of Japanese restaurants being closed in the United States and Europe.
Last year, two sushi restaurants in Los Angeles, California, announced that they would close, while a sushi restaurant from New York City, where the popular restaurant Akita was located, announced it was shutting down in 2018.
The company’s owners, who previously owned sushi restaurant Aji, announced in January that they had reached an agreement to sell their business to a partner, with the restaurant expected to reopen in 2019.
In a tweet, the Ayce owners wrote that the decision was made due to the fact that there was no business model to support the restaurant.
The restaurant had been a fixture in Tokyo for nearly 50 years, and it had been known as a great sushi spot for a long time, but the owners said the situation was no longer sustainable, and that the business was being taken over by a new partner.
Aji was one of the first sushi restaurants to open in Tokyo in the early 1980s, and is remembered for serving an array of signature dishes such as tuna fish and spicy tuna salad.
It has been in business since 1990, with a restaurant located in Tokyo’s Ginza district.
According to its website, Ayces sushi restaurant was founded in 1972, and the business has since expanded to serve other Japanese dishes, including sushi rolls and sushi balls.
The owners said in their announcement that the restaurant was unable to find a new owner for the restaurant, and was closing the business.