My first several experiences with sushi were at the much-missed Nikko's at the Westin downtown, which used to have reasonably inexpensive all-you-can-eat sushi lunches. (Here's a picture from those halcyon days. No, that wasn't all for the two of us.) They were located right across the street from where I was working at the time. So of course, they closed.
I got used to the idea of sushi as an a keep-eating-until-you-can't-move sort of affair, so now, if you let me loose at, say, Blue C Sushi, where the sushi just keeps flowing past you on a conveyor belt and it's priced per-item, I can do serious damage to my pocketbook. So I really miss Nikko's.
Now, I know there's Todai. Little more expensive, not quite as good, not the same.
I need to be in Bellevue tonight anyway, to pick Ahna up from Lush, so I thought I might treat myself with a trip to The Eating Factory, -- like Todai, only way better. I'd only been there once, with meathelmet, but I really liked the place and have been meaning to go back ever since. So I wanted to check on their hours, so I went to their website, and -- that's funny, their website's gone --
Crap. According to someone on Yelp,
The Eating Factory is closed. The building segment in which the it and some other businesses were located was demolished due to expansion needs of the adjacent large construction project.
On the plus side, they go on to say:
Per Rebekah Denn (Restaurant Critic of the Seattle PI), the owners will be opening a similar restuarant called "Diao" at Northgate this fall (2007).
So, that's awesome. That'll be much closer to home.
But it doesn't do me any good now. *grumble*