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Beloved Sushi Restaurant Kubo’s Plots a Comeback Inside the Loop

It’s taking over the Washington Avenue space vacated by Kukuri

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After shuttering its Rice Village outpost in 2016, it looks as if beloved Houston sushi purveyor Kubo’s is making a comeback inside the loop.

New tax filings with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts’ office indicate that Kubo’s will open a second location at 1902 Washington Avenue, taking over the space formerly occupied by another sushi restaurant, Kukuri, which suddenly closed its doors after about six months in business. Way back in 2016, the Houston Press reported rumors that Kubo’s would be relocating to Washington Avenue instead of closing. That didn’t happen immediately after the shutter, but is officially back in the works now.

Details on the new menu are not available at present, but diners should perhaps expect a broader range of Japanese cuisine. The name registered with the Comptroller’s office for the new Washington Avenue restaurant is is Kubo’s Sushi & Washoku, a word that translates to “the food of Japan.” A representative for the restaurant tells Eater that the restaurant is a “re-debut” of Kubo’s Sushi Bar & Grill, meaning that some familiar favorites from the restaurant will likely be making a return.

Kubo’s Sushi Bar & Grill is expected to arrive sometime before Thanksgiving Day. Stay tuned for an official opening date.