Sake Japanese Steak House Closes Abruptly

The tenant didn’t pay the rent, according to a notice on the door.

After being in business for almost two years, Sake Japanese Steak House has closed its doors.

According to a letter taped to the doors, the Asian-style restaurant was ordered to terminate business on Sept. 10 for having not paid its rent.

The note, which is addressed to Jinx Lin, who is listed on the restaurant’s Facebook page as part of its “Culinary Team,” reads: “You remain in default for the payment of rent after having been given the requisite notice and opportunity to cure required under the Lease.”

The office manager of Boulevard Shops Corporation, the company that owns the strip mall where the sake restaurant was located, refused to comment on the conditions of the forced closure, but said, “There are a lot of moving pieces to the puzzle.”

Neighboring businesses also refused to comment or said they didn’t know what had happened.

Michelle Williamson, a 12-year resident of Laurel, said Sake House was her favorite restaurant. Williamson and her family dined there at least once a month since the restaurant opened.

“We were probably one of the first customers,” she said. “They had one of the best sushi bars around and we loved that you could skip the portion where they cook in front of you if you just wanted a quick meal.”

The restaurant, located at 14601 Baltimore Ave. in Laurel, closed without a warning to its customers, Williamson said. Her daughter tried to go to the restaurant earlier this month with her boyfriend, only to find locked doors and the closing notice on the door.

“It’s a real let down,” she said. “We went there for celebrations and birthdays and it was such a welcoming environment. We were all blindsided. It’s really, really sad.”

Williamson added that she and her family have struggled trying to find a new favorite restaurant to eat at in the greater Laurel area.

“We will definitely miss the Sake House restaurant.”

Sarah November 01, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I was so sad when I discovered the news that Sake was no longer there. After working there for almost a year and still going in once a week for happy hour I feel like a part of me is missing. I was just about to start working there again.... Jay, Jinx, Young, Ling, Winnie, and Jeff are all such nice people with wonderful hearts. Through working there and dining there I know first hand that there was nothing but good energy coming from this place, and sushi like no other. I love you guys and wish you the best of luck with Passion Fin, the new restaurant in Bathesda. You guys should go check it out.
Evelyn Gonzalez November 01, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I read in business week that the Sake chain is out of business ..I was under the impression that it was a bankruptcy .FORECLOSURE?
tanisha November 02, 2012 at 01:37 PM
It's sad when any business has to close its doors. Unfortunately, it is a sign of the economy.
John Davis November 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Not if what I just read is accurate...they just opened a location in Bethesda called passion fin? Bethesda is one of the priciest zip codes in Maryland let alone run a business.


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