It only took a few days after 5 year old Moroccan restaurant Babouche closed for the owners of Kiku to snatch up the space, on the corner of Fifth and Lincoln, and it only took them 2 1/2 months to renovate it, develop a new menu, and to open.
The Japanese restaurant has rebranded itself as an "Asian Bistro and Sake Bar," and on Thursday it'll be making its move to the much larger space a few doors down from the original, which will be open for delivery and pick-up only from tonight until Wednesday. After that it'll close for good.
Click here to take a look at what the interior looks like; they've built out a stylish new room for themselves as well as a long sake bar, and my guess is that they won't have any trouble filling the seats, even though up to now it's been most popular with the take-out set. To the best of my knowledge the neighborhood's other two locations (up on Seventh) will remain unchanged.