Japanese restaurant to fill former Monsoon location in Babylon


This marquee location in the heart of downtown Babylon Village is set to become a new restaurant.

The old Bank of Babylon, which last housed Monsoon: Steak & Sushi, will be a new Japanese restaurant, has learned.

The property’s owners, the Bohlsen Restaurant Group, inked a lease on Wednesday with Mito Asian Fusion allowing Mito’s owners to take over at 48 Deer Park Avenue, a Bohlsen spokesperson confirmed to GLI.

Monsoon, a 250-plus seat restaurant, was launched in 2012 by the BRG; it closed three years ago during the pandemic. The Bohlsen Group still operates restaurants across Long Island, including Tellers in Islip, Prime in Huntington, H20 in Smithtown, among others.

The menu-style is similar between Monsoon and Mito, with both offering Asian fusion fare. Mito’s menu consists of traditional Japanese cuisine, such as sushi and sashimi, as well as hibachi and more. Click here to see the full menu.

Mito’s website says it expects to open in June.

This will be Mito’s second location on Long Island. There’s another one in the works for March at Smith Haven Mall in the former P.F. Chang’s location. Mito currently operates two locations in Queens (Bayside and Forrest Hills) and one in Yonkers.

Top: The exterior of the Bank of Babylon building that will soon become Mito, a Japanese/Asian fusion restaurant. (Credit: Michael White)