Pabu and Lamill to close June 14th
Whoa. We didn’t see that coming. After having just re-opened following a hefty recovery from a water main break, the Harbor East Development Group, Four Seasons, and the Mina Group have announced that Pabu will close for good after June 14th. In addition, their popular coffee shop LAMILL will close its doors at the same time. Bummer, we’ve always thought that was a great place to take in the harbor over some coffee and macaroons.
Both places will be taken over by The Atlas Group, owned by Alex Smith and George Aligeorgas of Ouzo Bay, who have plans of their own for the two primo waterfront locations. LAMILL will be re-branded but remain a coffee shop and re-open two days later on the 16th, so expect minimal changes, at least initially.
Pabu isn’t so lucky. Get there now to get your last happy spoon because after the 14th, the high-end izakaya will be totally renovated into a new concept to open by late summer. We’re awaiting word on what that new concept is, but we find it interesting they’ve decided to keep Wit and Wisdom—their flagship Michael Mina restaurant—open despite notoriously receiving 1.5 stars by The Washington Post when it first opened (they’ve since upped it to 2.5 stars), while Pabu has always been universally lauded. Regardless of the reasoning you still have a week to plan a ceremonial trip down to Harbor East to pour some sake out for the Japanese oasis—the best sake in town.