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North Loop’s Origami will close after 26 years

Updated: December 3, 2015 – 2:14 pm

Origami is closing its longstanding sushi restaurant in the North Loop.

The restaurant has been open for nearly 26 years near downtown Minneapolis. Its last day will be Dec. 23.

General Manager Tim Theobald said the owner, Kiminobu “Ichi” Ichikawa who also owns the building, is selling the building after receiving several good offers over the years. The North Loop neighborhood has been hot with new development and new restaurants, and, as the owner nears retirement age, it will be easier to solely manage Origami’s Uptown location on Lagoon Avenue.

Theobald could not identify the buyer. The Origami building sits at the entrance to the North Loop near the new Velo apartments with Red Cow and the 222 Hennepin development with Whole Foods. Just across the street, Ryan Companies and Shorenstein Properties are planning around a dozen townhomes as part of a new residential project.  

The Uptown location will remain open. Theobald said some downtown staff will move over to the Uptown location, so “downtown customers will have a familiar face.”

The North Loop location at the corner of 1st & 1st is closing before Christmas in order to give staff time to move 26 years worth of stuff, he added.

Although Origami was not the first sushi restaurant in the Cities, it significantly raised the expectation that even out-of-town sushi snobs from the East and West coast had to stand up and notice,” the restaurant said in a statement. “Although Origami Downtown will end an era of great sushi in the [N]orth [L]oop district, the legacy and spirit will live on at Origami Uptown.”