Bad news for Boston's ramen and yakitori fans: it appears the South End's Yakitori Zai may not be reopening after all, and has instead closed — at least in its current location — for good. Japanese-American in Boston, a Japanese food and culture blog, reports that two sources indicate the July closure is now permanent. Apparently, at least one neighbor complained about the venting of the restaurant's grills, and that may have played a role in the decision to shutter.
The blog also reports the former yakitori chef of the restaurant, Sho Inoue, has accepted a job at Ittoku, the restaurant slated to replace the old Petit Robert Bistro in Brighton. Eater reached out to Yakitori Zai's owner for comment but has not immediately heard back.
· Yakitori Zai May Not Be Reopening [Japanese-American in Boston]
· All Yakitori Zai Coverage on Eater [~EBOS~]
· All Ittoku Coverage on Eater [~EBOS~]