Exeter Japanese restaurant closes after 14 years

-Credit: (Image: Mary Stenson/DevonLive)
-Credit: (Image: Mary Stenson/DevonLive)

It's the end of an era for an Exeter restaurant which has closed its doors after more than a decade in the city centre. But the owners say it might not be for good.

Steaks n Sushi closed the doors of its premises on North Street for the final time on Sunday (June 2). The family-run restaurant was first opened in 2010 and claims to have been Exeter's first Japanese restaurant.

Announcing the closure, the owners thanked loyal customers for their support. They have vowed to reopen and say they are already searching for a new premises.

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A note in the window says: "Regretfully Steaks n Sushi will be closing its door from Sunday 2nd June 2024. We are looking for a new premises and hope that we will be back soon.

"Thank you to all our customers for your support over all this years. We look forward to seeing you again as soon as we can."

The restaurant is located near the bottom of North Street and forms part of the corner of the multi-storey Mary Arches car park, which is set to be demolished and replaced with new homes. At a meeting in December 2023, Exeter City Council agreed that the multi-storey and surface car parks should both be sold. It was agreed that the site should be used for homes but council leader Phil Bialyk has promised it won't be purpose-built student accommodation.

The car parks had been due to close in early 2023 and demolished in November 2023, as part of plans for a mixed-use development with around 100 homes. The proposals were being delivered by the Exeter City Council's development company Exeter City Living but never materialised when the company collapsed.

In April, the car parks went up for sale and were being advertised by real estate company Avison Young as a "development site". They have not revealed the asking price, which is only available on application.