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Crown Center’s Kabuki Japanese Restaurant closes after 28 years

Updated: 2014-01-07T18:36:30Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, a Crown Center mainstay since 1985, has closed its doors.

“I thank Crown Center and I thank my customers for 28 years,” said Ted Hamada, owner of the restaurant at 2450 Grand Blvd.

He declined to comment on the closing.

Crown Center officials said the closing was not unexpected and that it is “exploring possibilities” for the 3,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the Crown Center Shops.

Crown Center Redevelopment sued Kabuki in mid-2012, saying it was in default in payment of $20,587 under its lease and that the lease was terminated.

The full-service restaurant and sushi bar filed an answer to the lawsuit, saying that it received a notice of termination but that it was not justified under the terms of the lease. At the time the lease was not due to expire for another five years, according to Kabuki’s attorney.

The case was dismissed later that year.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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