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40-Year-Old Addison Hibachi Restaurant Kobe Steaks Shutters Permanently

The beloved special occasion spot announced its departure after a lengthy closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic

A hibachi chef in white coat and tall green chef’s hat stands over a flaming hibachi grill
Flames were always part of the show at Kobe Steaks
Kobe Steaks/Facebook
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After 40 years of slinging hibachi-style eats in Addison, Kobe Steaks has permanently closed its doors.

The restaurant announced its final departure in a Facebook post on October 6, following a lengthy closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be forever grateful to our friends and loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years,” the restaurant’s management said in a statement. “We wish good health for you and your loved ones during these uncertain times.”

Due to the communal nature of hibachi-style restaurants, it’s not surprising that spots like Kobe Steaks have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. After opening its doors in 1980, the restaurant grew into a popular spot to enjoy steak, shrimp, and fried rice while watching the chefs show off their theatrical tricks, like making flaming volcanoes out of onions.

Following the announcement, the post was flooded with sentimental remembrances of birthday dinners, first dates, and other special occasions celebrated at Kobe Steaks. “Every year for the past 20 I would always celebrate my birthday here,” read one comment. “Thanks for the best birthdays spent there as well as the best fried rice I have ever had.”