Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Asahi in Salem Has Closed; Lakay Island (Caribbean Restaurant) Opening in Its Space

A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar in Salem has shut its doors, and a Caribbean dining spot will be opening in its space.

According to The Salem News, Asahi Japanese Restaurant, which used to be located at Pickering Wharf, recently closed its present-day location on Essex Street. The article mentions that a Caribbean eatery is moving into the spot, and a job post on the Craigslist site has indeed confirmed this, with the post mentioning that the unnamed restaurant should be opening sometime in late December or early January.

[November 30 update: According to a photo posted by The Salem Insider, the name of the new restaurant will be Lakay Island Restaurant.]

[March 5, 2011 update: According to their Twitter page, Lakay Island Restaurant opens today.]

Asahi offered a variety of traditional Japanese entrees as well as sushi, and the restaurant also had hibachi dishes featuring steak, chicken, and seafood. The restaurant was open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

The address for the now-closed Asahi (and the new Lakay Island Restaurant) is 168 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01970.

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