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UPDATE: Superior’s ‘Wasabi’ owners planning Duluth location

Sept. 27 UPDATE: The owners of Superior’s new sushi restaurant, Wasabi Japanese Cuisine, are bringing their business across the bridge.

According to Dennis Kempton, owner of Mendelssohn and Co. public relations, Wasabi’s owners signed the lease for the open space in Duluth’s old city hall building at 132 E. Superior St.

The space used to house Sound Resturant before it closed in June.

Kempton said the owners hope to have Duluth’s Wasabi location up and running by December or January.


A new restaurant is expected to take root in downtown Duluth’s Old City Hall building, a space that has housed three different eateries in the past seven years.

Dennis Kempton, owner of Mendelssohn and Co. public relations, told CBS 3 Duluth/KBJR 6 a new lease was signed Monday for the space that formerly housed Sound Restaurant.

Kempton said the new renters are waiting to share specific details about their plans, but he added that they hope to open by December or January after modifying the space at 132 East Superior Street.

Sound Restaurant opened in January and closed almost seven months later at the end of June. However, Kempton said it wasn’t because of the location, which has also played host to Tycoon’s and the Blind Pig since 2011. Instead, he blamed it on “poor money management” in a “competitive” Twin Ports restaurant industry.

Kempton said the event space on the building’s third floor has been operational under Just Take Action since Sound Restaurant closed. Just Take Action, which also operates the Brewhouse and Burrito Union, plans to continue managing the event space.

Briggs LeSavage

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