Seki, the Lexington sushi restaurant where you're sometimes lucky to get a reservation, has closed temporarily for renovations.
The temporary closure comes after Masako Sekikawa, who served at the restaurant, died earlier this month, said family friend Shan Tao. Sekikawa was the wife of Seki's head chef, Yukio Sekikawa.
Tao said Yukio Sekikawa plans to resume his position as head chef once the remodeling is complete at the end of February.
He said the remodeling will include installation of new equipment and floors at the restaurant, 1093 South Broadway.
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In other restaurant news, Cleveland's and Park Street Bourbon Bar in Versailles permanently closed Jan. 23 after a 11/2 years in operation. The restaurant, at the Woodford Inn, was a mid-priced establishment that served entrees such as pork chops, prime rib, shrimp and grits, salads, soups and sandwiches using locally produced ingredients.
"We had hoped to lease the entire inn, and that's why negotiations fell through," said Ouita Michel, who owned the restaurant with her husband, Chris.
Kathy Lawson, co-owner of the Woodford Inn, said the inn portion was already leased to another company, "and they weren't interested in changing their business." The inn remains open.
The Michels also own Holly Hill Inn and Wallace Station Deli and Bakery in Midway, both of which will remain open.
"We loved celebrating Kentucky's culinary heritage at Cleveland's and will miss the wonderful people we served," Michel said. "We look forward to continuing those traditions at Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station and new projects in the future."
Lawson said the Woodford Inn is also looking for another restaurant operator to fill the now vacant space.
"With the (World) Equestrian Games coming, we want to make sure we have a very nice restaurant here," she said.
Lawson added that the inn ownership is "very sorry to see them (Cleveland's) go."
She said, "We thought they were very good for the community."