Although door signage claims that the restaurant is merely down for "renovations through the month of December," U-Sushi — the customizable sushi joint that hit Beverly Hills last December with grand plans of expansion — has shuttered. But there's more. Per U-Sushi's Facebook page:
We are excited to announce two new openings in our group: Bamboo Izakaya and 41 Ocean, a Members Only Club, both located in Santa Monica. We will be closing u-sushi to focus on these openings for an early 2013 launch. If you have a private party, catering order or special event, we would be happy to accommodate your request at one of the other OCI properties.41 Ocean is that previously mentioned new evening hang replacing Abode on Ocean Avenue, to be designed by Matt Winter. It's currently under construction at this very minute.
As for Bamboo Izakaya, the restaurant, which already has a place on OpenTable, is opening at the very same address, 1541 Ocean Ave. Curious. [EaterWire]