L'Uraku's space available for lease
AFTER more than 10 years, the days appear numbered for L'Uraku Restaurant at its namesake address.
The 3,000-square-foot-plus restaurant space in the Uraku Tower at 1341 Kapiolani Blvd. is available for lease -- immediately -- according to a listing on the commercial property pages of the Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Ltd. Web site.
The L'Uraku sublease is also being marketed via LoopNet
, an online commercial real estate Web site, for undisclosed terms, described online as negotiable.
Neither L'Uraku parent company president Chikara Yanagiya, nor the commercial real estate broker with the listing, returned Star-Bulletin calls.
L'Uraku, opened in 1996, became a destination restaurant as Executive Chef Hiroshi Fukui worked his acclaimed kitchen magic with seared foie gras sushi and other European-influenced Japanese cuisine and vice versa.
He left L'Uraku two and a half years ago to establish Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas at Restaurant Row as part of fellow chef D.K. Kodama's multi-unit Boys Club LLC restaurant empire.
L'Uraku's parent company is Honolulu-based World Hawaii Inc., incorporated in June of 1964, according to state business registration records.
Companies related to World Hawaii through management representatives and officers include International Furusato Inc., under which failed nightclub Deep Blue was registered.
Deep Blue opened in December 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki as a supper-club with local luminary jazz performers, but after mixed reviews it closed temporarily.
It had a grand reopening last March, but by September Deep Blue closed for good.
Prior to becoming Deep Blue, the basement space at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki was modeled into what was called at the time a "pop Japanese" restaurant called Youme.n in August of 2003, but that closed as well.
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