If you've passed the West Alabama at Revere Shopping Center within the last two weeks, you may have noticed that Aka Sushi House has closed. Don't fret because it's only temporary (for real).
In a world where restaurants are becoming notorious for announcing brief hiatuses— only to never open again— this River Oaks sushi hotspot is a rare breed.
Aka Sushi closed temporarily September 29 for two weeks. Charlie Cho, general manager at Aka Sushi, disclosed the restaurant's the need to renovate was due in part to its upcoming eighth anniversary.
On a recent visit to Aka Sushi, construction crews were hammering away, prepping for the restaurant's big day. The entire dining area was gutted and outfitted with modern furniture. Painted walls were an added touch to the soon-to-be completed decor conversion. Cho also noted that the remodeling process extends to the restrooms as well.
Aka Sushi is expecting to reopen Tuesday, October 14, but it isn't alone in updating its decor. CultureMap reported last of a similar move made by The Fish in Midtown.
Additionally, the menu will undergo changes too. Mike Tran, co-owner of Aka Sushi and award-winning Tiger Den, added, "adjustments will be made to the menu gradually." Not to worry, Aka Sushi's popular happy hour menus won't be going anywhere, but some of your favorite menu items may. New food and beverages will be added and the West Alabama restaurant will also serve as a test kitchen for experimental creations. Familiar menu items from sister restaurant Tiger Den will be available in time too. Unfortunately, you'll still have to make the drive to Chinatown for your garlic black bean ramen fix.