Monday, August 01, 2016
Matuba closes in Bethesda (Photos)
Owner Kunio "Yasu" Yasutake's restaurant became an institution in downtown Bethesda over 37 years of operation in the Woodmont Triangle. He first made history by offering what was, at the time, the only rotary sushi buffet in the Washington, D.C. area. The restaurant would wind up being one of the longest to continuously operate in Bethesda history.
The restaurant has been put on the market for sale twice in the last 18 months. At one point, Yasu "retired" for six months, only to make a triumphant return in September 2015. He says he is retiring now for good, but leaves his loyal customers with a final message: "Arigato!"