TongKatsu is Kaput After Less than 2 Years

Posted on: July 24th, 2019 at 5:03 am by

Pencil in another restaurant failure at 137 Rivington Street.

TongKatsu, the fast-casual Japanese spot, recently went out of business. The first sign of trouble was a post to Instagram two months ago, in which Chef-owner Ben “Seraph” Tong announced that the one-and-half-year-old establishment would be “closed for awhile” but hoped to be “up and running in a few weeks.”

No such luck. Crickets ever since. And listings via Google and Yelp confirm the shutter.

The sub-level space at 137 Rivington is a revolving door of has-beens. In fact, four different businesses passed through in the last nine years. This was where chef-celebrity Eddie Huang got his start in 2010 with the first iteration of Baohaus.

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