A Farewell to the Japanese Restaurants of Mile Long in MakatiAugust 16, 2017
- Bea OsmeñaWords
We published that Little Tokyo is said to close in 18 months for relocation. This information was acquired from a source who has worked closely with chefs at the location. However, we were officially informed by Little Tokyo Management that they have no plans to close the establishment either for renovation or relocation.
It’s with a heavy heart that we bid goodbye to some of the most beloved and longstanding Japanese restaurants in Makati.
Earlier today, the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) called for the immediate eviction of tenants within the appropriately named long stretch of property called “Mile Long” along Amorsolo Street (which includes The Gallery building and the McDonalds drive-thru), and the Sunvar Building at the corner of Amorsolo and Arnaiz Ave. (which houses our favorite source of Japanese Wagyu beef, that we sadly witnessed packing up at 6PM today).
The many Japanese restaurants in Mile Long, adjacent to Little Tokyo (which is under different management, but is also said to be closing in just 18 months with plans of transfer already in place), are considered an extension of Little Tokyo itself, and a number of them have been there for several decades.*
A visit to Mile Long at 5PM today saw offices in an emotional flurry to vacate the premises within the allocated time. Conversations with employees of tenant companies telling us that they have until tomorrow to fully vacate the buildings.
Which means tonight may be your last chance to pick up some of your loved dishes—at least for the time being. While the fate of these local icons hangs in the air, we will be sending them off with several rounds of grilled meat, raw fish, and sake. See you there?