Monday, August 01, 2016

Matuba closes in Bethesda (Photos)

They really mean it this time. Matuba, a popular Japanese restaurant and sushi bar on Cordell Avenue, has permanently closed.

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!"


61 comments:

Anonymous said...

This property could be a nice redevelopment into a larger retail space for a bar/restaurant. The old house/split level takes some serious creativity to make work so I would imagine it will be hard to find a tenant. I hope someone jumps in on it soon (not Greenhill).

Anonymous said...

Dyer breaks the story again. Expect this to be reported on the other website a few hours from now.

Shame to see them go. Any Japanese restaurant recommendations? My Japanese friend recommends Hinata the next block over, but that's just for sushi take-out.. it's a Japanese grocery.

Anonymous said...

What's your obsession with Dyer?

Anonymous said...

Already under contract

Anonymous said...

4:58 was obviously being sarcastic. No one would honestly be this quick to praise someone like this.

Anonymous said...

That's quick! It sat on the market for a while last time.

Anonymous said...

Bring back Bethesda Surf Shop

Anonymous said...

@ 4:58 AM - #UnsignedDyer

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't that be awesome to bring back the Surf Shop! Sigh, those were the days... Now we have hover boards and Pokemon Go and kids riding and playing at the same time.

Anonymous said...

@5:23 Where'd you hear that?

Anonymous said...

It's painful to read the long, winding setup to refer to another site..lol. They always want to insert themselves into Dyer's site.
Buy an ad on Dyer's site if you want to promote your self published blog here :)

Robert Dyer said...

4:58: Raku, Sushi-ko in Chevy Chase, Passion Fish, to name a few. You can't get more Japanese than Hinata, though...

Anonymous said...

How do you buy an ad? I don't see any ads on his site. P

Anonymous said...

Really reallt hope Greenhill didn't buy it. Unless he actually plans to follow through and assemble something this time around.

Anonymous said...

The Matuba house looks like old surf shop house which made me think of it

Anonymous said...

7:29 AM Try the East Dumpling House ad Dyer has been running for the past three years on his Rockville Nights site. That's how!

Elm said...

I love me some East Dumpling House!

Anonymous said...

I'm 4:58 and I'm not Dyer. He just deserves credit when it's due. The other website published something about this a few hours later, and with no credit to Dyer.

I'll call out Dyer when I think it's necessary -- like his refusal to allow comments on any articles relating to a Greenhill property.

Scott Orkin said...

Caddies still open? Just drove by. Very dark.

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Robert Dyer said...

3:05: You just appeared as the new photo next to a word in the dictionary that can't be printed in a family publication. What's really embarrassing, is that on a day in which I had 3 huge scoops, you're on here crowing about a little story that was actually broken in my comments section yesterday.

Robert Dyer said...

Scott, I noticed their "restaurant for sale" listing had been taken down, suggesting it had been sold to a new owner.

Robert Dyer said...

Scott,

But here's the weird part - earlier today, I recall Caddies tweeting explicitly that they would be open tonight. Their Facebook said the same thing.

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Anonymous said...

That's a pretty big assumption, 4:17

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Robert Dyer said...

5:31: No, just common sense.

5:33: Deception doesn't win too many Pulitzer prizes.

5:37: It's over. Nobody cares.

Anonymous said...

But did you follow up? Probably not.

Anonymous said...

9:59, if multiple news outlets report on the same thing, is it definitively always sourced from the first news outlet?

Anonymous said...

Oh so he does generate ad revenue? That's good to hear. Glad he's making some money somehow. I felt bad he does all this great reporting and didn't have any income to show for it. A man's gotta eat and pay rent!

Robert Dyer said...

8:25: It's over. Nobody cares. Pick up Hans Riemer's dry cleaning before he fires you.

Anonymous said...

Satsuma has excellent Japanese food. Tako Grill is good, too.

Lal said...

I thought you explicitly states that comments had to be on topic / relevant or would be a violation of comment policy is why you deleted a bunch of nasty posts?

What does 8:25's comment have to do with Hans Riemer and how come you are being nasty about it?

Anonymous said...

"He started it" is probably his response.

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Robert Dyer said...

9:01: The scoop was in my comments section a couple of days ago. From there it was an inside job. Not a scoop.

Robert Dyer said...

9:08: "Anger and victimization at the loss of absolute power to control your message." - Jon Stewart

Anonymous said...

Fascist Kim Jong Robert sensors everything!

Anonymous said...

"From there it was an inside job"

LOL, what a pile of horse shit.

Anonymous said...

An inside job???

Anonymous said...

You're totally right. You shouldn't be angry at the council or planning department.

Anonymous said...

10:14AM Maybe, maybe not. Sure makes it more interesting.

Anonymous said...

10:24 yes, journalists should bow and obey the Council and Planners. No skepticism allowed.
And you wonder why the local legacy media is going extinct.

Anonymous said...

If Jon Stewart had ever heard of Robert Dyer, he'd say he was even crazier than Donald Trump.

Anonymous said...

Totally. The opposite of anger and victimization at the loss of absolute power to control your message is bow and obey. No skepticism allowed.

Anonymous said...

Says the idiot who bows and obeys Robert Dyer.

Anonymous said...

11:57AM - OMG, is that the dumbest thing today?
Do you actually think that only those who "bow and obey" Robert Dyer are ticked off at our county council?
I don't have the time nor the crayons to explain this to you.

Anonymous said...

You wonder why the County is not progressing. This legacy local media that coddles the Council and Executive isn't helping.

Anonymous said...

Is Dyer progressing?

Robert Dyer said...

2:19: Absolutely. The fact that trolling this website was added to your paid duties is proof I'm progressing.

Anonymous said...

5:26's connection from what 2:19 is tenuous about best. Even if there was a shred of evidence. Which there isn't.

Robert Dyer said...

7;04: There's plenty of evidence. Did Nixon ever give Woodward and Bernstein an "attaboy"?

Anonymous said...

Compared to Robert Dyer, even Donald Trump seems sane.

Robert Dyer said...

8:56: The old Saul Alinsky "label your opponent 'insane'" tactic. It's like when you're in a college course and the professor is reading his lecture off yellowed papers because it's the same one he gave in 1967.

Anonymous said...

Robert, stop feeding the troll(s). First rule of the internet. Ignore and delete. Feeding just makes them stronger.

Anonymous said...

You people are like little kids.
Can I have the candy? "No"
What if I promise to wait until after dinner to eat it?
What if I get yogurt covered raisins, they aren't candy so i can have them now, right?
What if I give you half, mom?
What if I get the strawberry-flavored? It's like fruit, right? Can I have it then?

Trying to get the response you seek by coming up with silly little changes.
SMH

Anonymous said...

This is true. Also Robert Dyer is a troll too.

Anonymous said...

Can you explain this so called "plenty of evidence"? Would appreciate hearing this.

Anonymous said...

That kind of stuff, i.e. evidence, is often withheld during an ongoing investigation.