Central Business District Japanese and sushi restaurant Horinoya (920 Poydras St., 504-561-8914; www.horinoya.weebly.com) closed May 13. News of the shutter first was reported by the The New Orleans Advocate, which noted the closure comes following the end of a longtime lease at the Poydras Street location.
The Japanese standby, which opened in 2001, announced on Facebook on May 9: "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."