Yamasa Japanese Grill, the fast-Japanese/sushi restaurant that opened in 2007 at 327 N. Hillside, is closed — but apparently only temporarily.
The restaurant, which belongs to Great Wall empire owner Benny Lin, has been closed for about a month. A manager at Great Wall says that Lin is out of the country until the end of December but said that Yamasa will be remodeled and should reopen in a few months.
For now, the doors are locked, the chairs are upside down on the tables and part of the sign is missing.
Lin opened a second Yamasa in 2010 at 407 E. Pawnee, but it converted into a Great Wall about a year later.
I’ll keep you posted.