The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

Takashi To Shutter At The End Of The Year

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Nov 14, 2014 3:00PM

Tempura: shrimp, green beans, kombocha squash, crab croquette and oyster with tonkatsu. Served with soy mirin.(Photo credit: Erika Kubick/Chicagoist)

We're two days removed from this year's Michelin Guide star announcements and another restaurant from the list is closing. We already knew L2O was slated to close, but yesterday we learned that Takashi Yagihashi will close his eponymous Bucktown restaurant at year's end. Yagihashi told the Tribune's Kevin Pang shuttering Takashi was "totally a personal decision" and that after seven years "we needed to move on."

Takashi was a favorite of ours since its 2007 opening in Stephanie Izard's old Scylla space and the James Beard Award-winning Yagihashi earned a Michelin star there. But he also has a growing restaurant empire including Slurping Turtle shops in Chicago and Ann Arbor and, according to Pang, is opening a version of his Noddles by Takashi Yagihashi concept at Macy's in New York's Herald Square, where the counter will be shaped like a food truck. Yagihashi teased a new Chicago-based restaurant concept, as well.

Starting Dec. 11, Takashi will serve a 7-course tasting menu of some of the restaurant's most popular dishes over the years, in addition to its a la carte menu. Pang notes Takashi New Year's Eve service will include “'a look ahead' at his 'future culinary inspirations'” which may hint more about his new projects.