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Sakura Returning to Babylon After Village Approval

Japanese restaurant will return to Babylon Village in 2014.

Credit: Scott Moore.
Credit: Scott Moore.
A Babylon Village favorite is returning home a few months after being forced to close their doors – Sakura will be opening a new restaurant only feet away from their former location.

Sakura, a popular Japanese restaurant and sushi hotspot, was closed in early July when their lease was reportedly ended with a new building owner. Next door neighboring restaurant Nocturne was also closed for the same reason.

The owners of the popular restaurant set out to come right back to the village, approaching the owners of a vacant space across from their former location to open a new restaurant in.

The owner, Danny Yei, told the village board during a public hearing last month he wanted to come back where his restaurant was successful with a new location at 94 Deer Park Avenue.

The new eatery will expand seating from Sakura's formerly tiny space with 56 seats between next door neighbors of Argyle Grill and Horace & Sylvia's.

The restaurant will reportedly reopen in the new location sometime in early 2014.

The former spaces where Sakura and Nocturne were housed were reported to become another Asian restaurant, Ginza of Babylon – owned by the same group that owns similarly named Ginza of Massapequa.

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