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Japanese restaurant Mitsui closes in downtown Bay Shore

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After 15 years of serving up sushi in downtown Bay Shore, Mitsui closed its doors for good last Friday.

Mitsui, which translates to “the three wishing wells of money, luck and soul,” became a local favorite on Main Street. The Japanese restaurant served an array of sushi, teriyaki and tempura entrees, dumplings, crispy roast duck, bbq squid and calamari.

A spokesperson confirmed to GreaterBayShore the restaurant permanently closed after their lease was expiring at 1 West Main Street.

Mitsui blamed the pandemic and subsequent staff shortages now plaguing businesses across the U.S.

“Everything is tough and the lease is coming up so we just it gave up,” the spokesperson said. “Now is not a very good time to start over again. Hopefully, everything is going to get better. Food is expensive, it’s very difficult to find employees.”

If things trend in the right direction, however, a future Mitsui could be in the cards.

“Maybe in 2022 we’ll try to get a place,” the spokesperson told GreaterBayShore. “First, we will think about Bay Shore. I’ve been there so many years so we love Bay Shore, but right now this year is not really a good time to start over with a new place.”

Top: Sushi photo from Mitsui’s website.