Central Business District Japanese and sushi restaurant Horinoya
(920 Poydras St., 504- 561-8914) is closing and will serve its last meal Friday, May 13. News of the shutter was first reported by the The New Orleans Advocate
, which reported that the closure comes following the end of a longtime lease at the Poydras Street location.
The downtown Japanese standby, which opened in 2001, made the announcement on its Facebook page on May 9:
"Dear Horinoya Patrons,
We are sad to announce that Horinoya Restaurant will be closing its doors on May 13, 2016. When we first opened Horinoya, our mission was to bring the most authentic Japanese food to the city of New Orleans. Our hope was that our customers got to taste and experience Japan through our cuisine. Now after 16 years of serving New Orleans and facing the twilight, we can safely say that New Orleans has transformed us. The relationships and everlasting friendships have defined who we are and will not be forgotten. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this community and thank you for dining with us."
French Quarter seafood institution GW Fins
(808 Bienville St., 504-581-3467) will close for three weeks this summer while the 15-year-old restaurant undergoes a major facelift.
The restaurant will close July 3-25 for a “comprehensive kitchen remodeling,” according to an announcement from the restaurant’s communications team.
Chef Tenney Flynn, who opened the restaurant in with co-owner Gary Wollerman in 2001, said changes include replacing the walls, ceilings and other fixtures in the building, a turn of the century former warehouse space.
“We’re adding a hot appetizer station as well — something to give us some more capability to do more different types of dishes,” Flynn said.
Diners can still make reservations before and after the scheduled closing on the restaurant’s website here.