Three short months into business, SooWoo -- a Japanese/Korean restaurant located just off Fifth and Washington Avenue on South Beach -- has shuttered its doors. The place, which was in a variety of locales before moving to the Beach, got off to a rocky start after several employees claimed -- and management denied -- that they hadn't been paid.
Photo by Carla Torres Closed in three months
As of yesterday, all of the teppanyaki tables had been cleared out of the SoBe location and the only thing that remained was the center bar. The PR firm that represents the restaurant, Tara Ink, confirmed the place had closed permanently. Nick D'Annunzio said the closure was due to lack of rent payment, thus causing the landlord to take action.
The restaurant's opening chef, Joe Bonavita Jr., walked out the day after Christmas. "I was paid three weeks of works for four months," he told New Times. "I've never seen a restaurant run like this."More »