After 47 years, Tsugaru restaurant closing in San Jose’s Japantown

Fans of Tsugaru have a couple more weeks to stop by for a spicy Super Godzilla sushi roll or a bento box loaded with teriyaki and tempura.

One of the older restaurants in San Jose’s Japantown, Tsugaru will close at the end of July, the staff confirmed Thursday. The classic spot has been in business since 1972.

The building housing the restaurant changed hands a couple of years ago, and plans have been in the works since then to renovate the property for another use. The owners have not yet gone public with their timeline or project.

For this historic Japantown — one of the nation’s few remaining such districts — it’s the loss of yet another mainstay. Earlier this year, this neighborhood’s oldest restaurant, Wing’s Chinese, closed its doors after 94 years and a succession of owners. And 18 months ago, the landmark San Jose Tofu Co., which had been operated by three generations for 71 years, shut down.

Still, there’s no shortage of legacy restaurants. Minato, the oldest restaurant in Japantown, has operated under that name for 58 years, since 1961, owner Gene Yoneda says. And according to Mercury News archives, Okayama restaurant has been in business 52 years, since 1967.

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Details: Tsugaru serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. six days a week (closed Sundays). 224 Jackson St., San Jose; 408-275-1493;

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle


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