The conveyor belt at Yo! Sushi came to a halt this week as the two-year-old restaurant in the Watermark Seaport Tower announced it was closing. Twitter user @holdentheworld shared the sushi spot’s notice on Tuesday morning:
— Emily (@holdentheworld) October 30, 2018
“It is with regret that we are announcing that due to some recent changes, Yo! Sushi has had to close,” the notice read. “We wanted to thank our regulars and not so regulars for their loyal support over the past 2 years. We wish the future occupants of this space success. It has been a pleasure serving you. Thank you.”
Yo! Sushi is a U.K-based company that opened its Seaport restaurant — its first standalone location in the U.S. — in 2016. It currently operates only one other U.S. location at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in New York. The restaurant was known for its conveyor belt sushi and other izakaya items, like ramen noodle salad, chicken katsu curry, sashimi, and sushi rolls.
The company indicated that there will be a shift in focus from Yo! Sushi to Bento Sushi, which Yo! Sushi acquired in November 2017.
“Following the acquisition of Bento Sushi, which has a strong presence in North America through its kiosks and supermarket-based sushi bars, our focus in the US has changed,” a Yo! Sushi spokesperson told Boston.com in a statement. “As such, we will be closing the Boston Site as we look to take full advantage of Bento’s already established position as the second largest sushi brand in North America.”
Indochino, a custom menswear store, will open in the former Yo! Sushi space in early 2019, a rep for the clothing store said.
With its high rent costs and rapid development, the neighborhood has proven to be a challenging one for many businesses. Another restaurant casualty hit the Seaport earlier this year when 75 on Courthouse Square closed after just seven months.