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Nocturne, Sakura Gone After Leases Ended

Next-door restaurants close after landlord ends lease on both.

Two Babylon Village restaurants have shut down after their leases were ended in a surprising move by their landlord.

French bistro Nocturne and Japanese restaurant Sakura both announced their surprise closures late last week with signs on their doors announcing their closure. Nocturne closed on Thursday while Sakura remained open until Sunday before shutting down.

The two restaurants noted that their leases were ended with the building's landlord. The move seemed to be unexpected as Nocturne had recently announced a new summer menu only about a week before the closure.

The building, which features three spaces, also hosts the recent addition Del Fuego, a Tex-Mex eatery. That restaurant appeared to be unaffected by the lease endings.

Nocturne was a recent addition to the village, having only opened in May 2012. The bistro took part in many village events, including Breast Cancer Awareness Month's Drink Pink campaign, and had successful reviews from news outlets such as The New York Times.

Sakura was opened much longer in the village, offering up fresh sushi and other authentic Japanese menu items. The restaurant was one of at least five Asian restaurants in the business district.

There was no immediate word available on what, if any, new businesses were expected to take up the two spaces on Deer Park Avenue.
Viv July 02, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Sorry to see Sakura go. They had the best Sushi.
Del July 02, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Good sushi at a good price with barely any wait. Hopefully Shiki will get some more business then, god knows Kotobuki doesn't need any more people.. Maybe more waiters? I hope they have enough, better call Babylon.
Alba Rague July 03, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Maybe sakura can go where the village turned down that great burger joint idea across the street. Unless this isn't acceptable to the all mighty Babylon mayor. Someone really needs to run against this clown. He's hurting the village & no one sees it.
jmlammens July 03, 2013 at 01:20 PM
The landlord sold the building. The new owner is breaking through the wall and opening a large Sushi restaurant. Two hard working dedicated families have been uprooted. We will miss them both.
Joan July 03, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I am so bummed to hear this. Sakura was excellent and a family fave.
Mark July 05, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Agreed. Sakura was a fantastic restaurant, and will be missed
Scott Devoti July 08, 2013 at 11:29 AM
I hear that Sakura is moving in to the food mart across the street..

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