Genki Noodles and Sushi permanently closed in Virginia-Highland

Sushi from Genki Noodles and Sushi.
Sushi from Genki Noodles and Sushi.

Credit: Carolyn Desalu

Credit: Carolyn Desalu

Sushi restaurant Genki Noodles and Sushi has closed its location in Virginia-Highland.

The restaurant announced the closure at 1040 North Highland Ave. NE on its Facebook page over the weekend. A manager at the restaurant told the AJC last month that the restaurant had been trying to keep the location open.

Hello Genki Family! What a crazy year this has been! We want to thank everyone for their patience and support during this pandemic. We do have some news. At this time, we’ve decided to close our Virginia Highlands location. It’s astonishing how one selfish landlord can punish so many. We’ve decided to put all of our focus and resources into our Prado location in Sandy Springs. This has been a difficult decision but, one with a bright future! Our Prado location is currently open for take out and delivery and will be opening up for dine in starting, Sunday July 5th! We will be open normal hours from 12-10pm daily. We cannot thank you enough for your support and we look forward to serving you again!

Genki opened its first Atlanta location on Roswell Road in 1996, with the location at the Prado opening in 2009. The Virginia-Highland restaurant had been open since 2011.

The eatery was founded by Robert Silberstein, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, who attended sushi school during four years in Japan and has cooked in Florida and Africa.

Genki is the latest food and beverage concept casualty due to the coronavirus economic impact. Other recent closures include Amelie's French Bakery in West Midtown, Dantanna's in downtown Atlanta and Mother Bar + Kitchen in Old Fourth Ward.

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