After a 12-year run, Nami closes its doors

After a 12-year run in Minneapolis's Warehouse District, Nami has closed. Last week, the sushi restaurant announced through Facebook that it was under new ownership and would be closing immediately. According to its answering machine, the space will reopen in March, but with a new name.

The Facebook announcement reads:

"After 13 years in business we have decided to pass it along to a new owner to pursue new endeavors! Tonight will be our last night. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support, laughter and FUN! It has been an amazing ride. We had the best customers, staff and regulars. We will miss all of you. It was amazing to be part of your lives."

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Nami was run by Ji Young Choi and owned by her parents, Dae Myung and Sung Soo Choi, who also own Seoul Foods in Fridley. As of now, it's uncertain who the new owners are or what they plan to do with the space.

Nami opened its doors in the spring of 2002 on the corner of Third Street and First Avenue, in the building that once housed the Center for Book Arts. Within its first year, Nami was considered one of the best sushi restaurants in Minneapolis, joining the ranks of Fuji Ya and Origami. Its location made it a popular choice for downtown's business crowd and the Warehouse District's artist types looking for a healthy lunch or chic hangout spot. Though trendy and elegant in appearance, Nami managed to serve high-quality sushi at low prices -- a rarity in the world of bite-sized fish and rice.

Though saddened by Nami's closing, we're anxious to see what the new owners have in store for the space. Stay tuned for updates!

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