Mikado Japanese Restaurant is planning to close its doors in early December after a 23-year run downtown across from Circle Centre mall and in the heart of the city’s convention-and-expo sector.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we have to say goodbye,” a Facebook post from the restaurant on Wednesday reads. It doesn’t specify why Mikado is closing.
“Our family is looking forward to taking a much-needed break [but] we will be back with a new project soon,” the post reads.
The restaurant at 148 S. Illinois St. is family-, women- and minority-owned, according to the post. Its menu focuses on sushi, sashimi, several varieties of dumplings and typical Japanese steakhouse favorites such as teriyaki ribeye, teriyaki salmon and lobster.
The restaurant’s space at the northwest corner of Georgia and Illinois streets is well-positioned to take advantage of downtown tourism, just a block east of the Indiana Convention Center.
“We’re proud to have … navigated through the 2008 financial crisis, served crowds of people during Super Bowl XLVI and now weathering through the COVID-19 pandemic,” the post reads.
Now in its 19th month, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially damaging for restaurants as some diners shy away from close contact with people outside their immediate circles. It also has hindered the usual flow of convention events and attendees downtown.
“Thank you to our guests for sharing your birthdays, date nights, marriage proposals, anniversaries and other special events with us,” the Facebook post reads. “We hope your memories of us include our sushi, mystery rolls, salmon teriyaki and most importantly a fond enjoyable dining experience with us.”