Kabuto, the Japanese restaurant that replaced Norberto’s in Grandin Village, has closed almost two months to the day after it opened. Two “For Lease” signs hung in the window when I stopped by the building at 1908 Memorial Avenue today.
Norberto’s Italian restaurant was open for about 27 years before Norberto Silva sold it to Kevin Jarvis. Jarvis started operating it in November 2011 but said business had slowed considerably by the last quarter of 2012.
Almost immediately after Norberto’s closed, neighbors noticed the brick building was being painted a bright red. Even the slightly weathered Norberto’s mural on the end of the building was covered over in red. Jarvis’ wife, Jargal Jarvis, opened Kabuto there on Jan. 9. At that time, she said she wanted to open an Asian restaurant in Grandin Village because the area lacked such a restaurant.
I’m not sure when Kabuto closed officially. I started hearing from readers who spotted the “For Lease” signs today.
The owner of the building, Richard Bishop, confirmed that Kabuto had closed and the space will be available to a new tenant about the end of this month. He said if the place does not rent soon enough, he may consider having some renovations done. He also said he had no idea the building was going to be painted red until he saw it himself.
When reached through Facebook, Kevin Jarvis declined to comment.