After almost exactly five years in Blue Back Square, Connecticut's first kaiten-style sushi restaurant has closed its doors.
Umi Sushi and Tapas, which opened in August 2010, introduced freshly made conveyor-belt sushi to West Hartford. Chefs prepared sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls for diners to select from the rolling belt. With the later addition of a full kitchen, Umi also served izakaya-style small plates, traditional ramen, udon noodles and curries. The restaurant was also a popular destination for karaoke nights.
The restaurant bid farewell to its supporters in a final post Facebook after officially closing on Aug. 31: "So our story, a pretty darn thick story, ends here. All I can say is THANK YOU, you, you, you, you, and you. To everybody who came through our door, thank you."
Umi's space may not be vacant for long, however. "There's always something new and exciting going on at our center," said Blue Back Square's marketing director Elizabeth Zigmont in an email. "Soon we will have news to share of a tenant who will add to the great mix of merchants here at Blue Back Square."