After 14 years in La Jolla, Zenbu Sushi at 7660 Fay Ave. will serve its last meal this Saturday night, May 31.
Though owner Matt Rimel was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon, a notice on Zenbu’s Facebook page bid its loyal customers a “fond farewell and huge thank you.”
“The local music and endless stream of colorful, local characters will resonate long after we have gone,” the notice read. “Our appreciation will remain strong as will the many memories of La Jolla nights at Zenbu. Please join us at our other Zenbu location in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and stay tuned for our newest location announcement soon!”
“This whole thing was very sudden,” said manager Chris del Muro, adding that he was not sure why the restaurant is closing. “It kind of caught us all off guard. … We’re just telling our regular customers and people that are coming in that this is going to be the last week that we’re open. ... I think it’s just time for a change. New restaurants are coming in and things are changing around La Jolla.”
Zenbu is part of the Rimel’s Rotisserie family, which includes a La Jolla location at 1030 Torrey Pines Road, as well as restaurants in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Del Mar and at Petco Park.
— Pat Sherman