The shuttering of a restaurant in New York City isn’t typically newsworthy.
But for Koi, the upmarket Japanese eatery inside Trump Soho, the reason behind the closure reportedly goes beyond high rent prices or changing tastes.
“Before Trump won we were doing great. There were a lot of people we had, our regulars, who’d go to the hotel but are not affiliated with Trump,” said Jonathan Grullon, a busser and host at the restaurant, told Grub Street. “And they were saying if he wins, we are not coming here anymore.”
The sentiment was echoed by other people with knowledge of the business.
“Obviously, the restaurant is closing because business is down. I don’t think anyone would volunteer to close a business if they were making money,” said Suzanne Chou, Koi Group’s general counsel, to Grub Street. “Beyond that, I would prefer not to speculate as to why, but obviously since the election it’s gone down.”
Koi is slated to close June 18.