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San Sai Is Closing

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Special sushi sampler at San Sai Japanese Restaurant - ALICE LEVITT
  • Alice Levitt
  • Special sushi sampler at San Sai Japanese Restaurant
The parade of 2015 closures marches on. Today that Bergman-esque dance with death makes San Sai Japanese Restaurant its latest victim. Kazutoshi (Mike) Maeda and Chris Russo opened San Sai, a sequel to their beloved Tsuki in New York City, in Burlington in the spring of 2011. It will serve its final meals next Sunday, October 18.

Russo explained to Seven Days that the restaurant's five-year lease is up in November. Rather than sign another one, committing to another half decade, Maeda decided to look elsewhere. "The winter is long. You make your money in the summer and lose it in the winter," Russo said. San Sai staffers couldn't stand another November, the restaurant's leanest month of the year. 

According to Russo, Maeda is on the lookout for a new location, still downtown. Russo is not yet sure if he'll join his mentor in the business. For now, he will continue to run his more casual sushi business, Bento, on College Street. 

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