A Japanese restaurant in Dupont Circle is looking to reopen with a new look and a new menu next month, according to one of its owners.
Rakuya — formerly known as the sushi joint, Raku — could open its doors at 1900 Q St. NW as early as mid to late July, said partner Marcel The. Signs for the new eatery went up about three weeks ago.
“We are very, very close,” The said. “The construction portion of it is on its last week. We’re gearing up for final inspections.”
When the restaurant reopens, diners can expect a menu that includes “sushi, skewers, some Japanese small dishes, braised meats and ramen,” The said. Rakuya will also serve sake and shochu, he added.
“The menu is still in the works,” The explained. “We’re going to start out dinner only, then progress into lunch.”
Though Raku announced it planned to temporarily shutter the Q Street sushi joint last year, The and the restaurant’s other co-owners planned to rebrand the restaurant for a while.
“We had plans to do a Japanese concept somewhere for a long time,” The said. “When we decided to finally stay and renegotiated the lease, we realized that this Dupont space is actually a perfect location and size for us to do this Japanese concept.”
Changes are coming to the former Raku sushi restaurant in Dupont Circle.
According to the sushi chain’s newly updated Facebook page, the spot is slated to become Rakuya, a Japanese kitchen and bar. Design renderings posted to the page last week show an interior decked out in dark wooden beams, ornate lanterns, Asian art and white walls.
The sushi eatery announced its temporary closure last summer. Though Raku did not specify exactly when the newly renovated restaurant might open, its website says it’s slated to open some time this winter.
Photos courtesy of Raku