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Kushi Izakaya & Sushi Faces Eviction for Unpaid Rent

1276896596_m_Food_Kushi-1The landlord of Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is seeking to evict the restaurant over unpaid rent, taxes, leased art, and other fees.

Edens, which owns the property, filed a lawsuit in D.C. Landlord & Tenant Court on Jan. 24 seeking payment of more than $131,000 from August 2013 through this January. On Feb. 24, Edens also filed a separate civil suit for breach of contract against owners Darren Lee Norris and his wife Ari Norris as well as fellow lease guarantor Ichio Kushimoto, who lives in Japan. The complaint in the civil case says the restaurant owes nearly $160,000 in rent and other charges through Feb. 11.

Darren Lee Norris declined to comment but said "we're trying to" stay open. The landlord's attorney, Kevin McParland, could not immediately be reached for comment.

This is actually the second time the landlord has sought to evict Kushi. Edens filed a suit on May 9, 2013, stating that the restaurant failed to pay more $61,000 between March and May of last year. That case has since been closed.

Take a look at the complaints below.

Photo of Darren Lee Norris by Darrow Montgomery

  • MuddyMaeSuggins

    When it opened, this was an oustanding, groundbreaking (for dc) restaurant. Now it is a charicature of it's former self. Not surprised at this article.

  • What comes around, goes around

    It's about time. I used to like this place (solely for the food) but I've heard horror stories where they haven't paid employees and checks have bounced. Can't support a place like that.

  • Grace

    Karma... is a b*tch!

  • MtP

    100% agree with MuddyMae - it was incredible when it first opened, but just hasn't kept it up. I would pick Mandu any day over Kushi.

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  • dc

    They went bankrupt already, right? Who is organizing the restaurant...?