The second oldest Japanese restaurant in Seattle and Washington state has closed. Bush Garden, established in 1953 in the International District (ID), was the first to offer Karaoke entertainment in the 1970s. Owners Karen Akada and Masaharu Sakata said the bar remains open.
Patrons dined at the restaurant side on Oct. 29, its last day. “It’s a sad day and I will miss Masa’s (owner/chef) cooking,” said diner Big Brigman.
Solterra, a real estate development company, purchased the building in January. While the business is in transition, Akada said she may begin scouting out a new location so that Bush Garden can remain in the ID.