Aoi Restaurant, located at 331 3. First St. between Central and San Pedro in Little Tokyo, is closing its doors.
After 37½ years of operation, the restaurant will shut down at the end of lunch service on Monday, June 30, at 2 p.m.
“All of the tenants have been asked to vacate these premises by the new building owner so that the space can be renovated,” the restaurant said in a message to its customers. “We thank all of our customers for their loyal patronage, support and friendship over all these years.”
The restaurant was established at its current location in 1976 by two sisters from Japan, Hiroko Yamagata and Grace Maruyama, and has become a fixture in the Little Tokyo community. Known for a variety of dishes, including agedashi tofu, katsudon, miso eggplant, nabeyaki udon, okonomiyaki, saba shioyaki and zaru soba, it is especially popular with those who work downtown during the week.
For more information, call (213) 624-8260. To see a profile of the restaurant and its owners, click here.