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A Japanese restaurant in Toronto is closing permanently after less than 2 years

An izakaya joint that had opened in Toronto with unfortunate timing has announced that it is now permanently closed.

Japanese restaurant Naru Izakaya opened its doors in June 2020, plunging headlong into more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions.

“It’s been quite a journey,” the restaurant wrote in a closing announcement post on Instagram.

The restaurant had a 16-seat terrace, but was located in the Yonge and College area, where it could have enjoyed more business if more people were walking downtown or going to work in offices.

Their extensive menu included options such as fried dishes, table grills, ramen and curries. Naru was an evolution of Jinya Ramen, a US-based franchise that once had a location in Toronto and still has locations in Vancouver and Calgary.

“Unfortunately, with the outbreaks of COVID-19, we have been heavily impacted throughout our operation,” the restaurant’s announcement reads.

“While we have made every effort to survive this difficult time, we are deeply saddened that Naru is ceasing operations at the restaurant with immediate effect.”

The restaurant explored many different ways to drive sales during the difficult time, including promotions on third-party delivery apps, frozen meal kits, special holiday meals, fan club group sales, private events and media promotion.

“The restaurant has been closed in downtown Toronto for the first to fourth wave for many months. This has hurt the business as 90% of revenue is highly dependent on restaurant services,” the owner of the restaurant said. Naru, Jacky Ho, at blogTO.

“Another hardship has been the much higher resignation of employees. Waiters and kitchen helpers quit their jobs thinking they were earning less than staying home and receiving government funding.”

There was continuous communication with the owner, but the owner did not provide any relief to Naru. Government funding was insufficient to cover salaries, rent, and the cost of food and utilities.

“I have exhausted all my savings and personal credits to support this restaurant in hopes of making it successful,” Ho says. hope of restoration. For me, there is no plan yet.”