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Origami Sushi in downtown Minneapolis will close after 26 years in business

A fond farewell after 26 years.

A fond farewell after 26 years.

Sit down. Take a deep breath. No, don't reach for those chopsticks. Go ahead and put that soy sauce down. After 26 years in business, Origami will close its downtown Minneapolis location.

Easy does it now: The restaurant's Uptown location will remain open, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports. According to general manager Tim Theobald, owner Kiminobu Ichikawa is selling the North Loop property after receiving "an offer he couldn't refuse." As menacing as that sounds, Ichikawa is not, as far as we can tell, being threatened by mob bosses. He's simply preparing for retirement and happens to be sitting on a tasty little morsel of property in one of the most popular real estate markets in the state. Lucky him. Unlucky us.

The North Loop restaurant will serve its last customers on December 23. Some of the staff will shift over to the Uptown outpost. "We've kind of been short-staffed at both locations," says Theobald, "We'll have some of our downtown chefs and front-of-house folks join at Uptown so our downtown customers will find familiar faces and the same quality of sushi."

Losing the longtime sushi favorite (and winner of multiple Best Of awards from this paper) is the second blow to maki-lovers in the North Loop this year. The improbably tasty '70s-themed Shag Sushi on North Washington was converted to Rojo Mexican Grill last month. 

It sucks. Sure there are still sushi bars in the neighborhood and the skyways, but we have a soft spot for our old faves. We'll miss the elegant simplicity of perfectly executed nigiri and those cute little lunchtime bento boxes. See you in Uptown, Origami.