Sumo has officially closed but another Japanese steakhouse is coming in


I’ve been hearing the rumors for a while that Sumo by Nambara was looking to sell for the past year. Between that and multiple closures for various reasons, it was a matter of time before they would close permanently. And that happened quietly over the past month.

It’s yet another longtime Wichita restaurant that has closed. The Japanese restaurant, which used to be on Rock Road before moving to their current location at 11233 E 13th St N, has been around for decades. It used to be the premiere place to go for sushi and hibachi food.

With their closing, I’m hearing something new is already in the works.

This is just a rumor and I haven’t been able to confirm the news yet, but I’m hearing a UMI Japanese Steakhouse is in the works. The stylish sushi house offering traditional cooked & raw rolls, as well as tabletop hibachi cuisine has a location in Manhattan, KS. I’ve reached out to some people who may have further knowledge of the situation, and if I can confirm this with the owner, I’ll update this story.

Update: Its confirmed UMI Japanese Steakhouse will be going in the former Sumo space sometime this summer.

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