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A once-celebrated sushi restaurant goes out of business, leaving a Midtown void

A once-hot sushi restaurant goes out of business, leaving Midtown void

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After a three-year run, Sushi Raku closed its doors at the corner of Louisiana and Elgin. Photo by © Jill Hunter

The Mix@Midtown has lost a friend.

Sushi Raku officially closed its doors last week, ending a three-year run at mixed-use complex on Elgin and leaving behind a surprising number of fans from the Sushi Club of Houston (the nation's largest, apparently). Eater Houston first noticed the closing.

The restaurant opened in late 2009 to decent reviews, highlighting chef Takayoshi Sekiguchi's 21st-century take on traditional Japanese cuisine.

Critics also dedicated plenty of ink for its hip interior space by Austin architect Michael Hsu, who most recently oversaw renovation designs that transformed the vintage confines of Felix Mexican on Westheimer into the popular Houston branch of Tyson Cole's sushi empire Uchi.

As of Thursday, Raku's website is offline while its Twitter account tragically promotes an array of rather enticing daily deals. In spite of nearly 5,000 "likes," the restaurant hadn't posted on its Facebook page since June 2012.

CultureMap was unable to reach building management for further details.

Meanwhile, Uchi continues to draw crowds from across the region.