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Japanese Lifer Restaurant SHINTORI Has Closed After 20 Years

By Jan 8, 2020 Dining
Another big closure in the first week of the year. Beloved — by some — industrial Japanese dining warehouse Shintori has closed after about 20 years of business on Julu Lu. Its stark decor and chef's stage made for a dramatic dining environment that no doubt powered it through two decades of massive change in Shanghai. Still, when I went in 2018 to see how it had aged, I found some seriously outdated food and gimmicks among the achingly hip and minimalist setting. It was begging for a refresh, dying for an update. It's unlikely that was the reason for its closure — everything in this city is down to real estate — but if they come back (we couldn't get through to them to see what their plans are), then they might take this opportunity to drop the headbands and rock & roll salad for something that will take them through the next twenty years. In the meantime, if you're looking for an expensive Japanese evening out, the number of options has exploded since Shintori opened. See just a few ideas right here.

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  • 7 months ago Donny Who Loved Bowling Unverified User

    Hengshan Cafe 衡山小馆 also closed on Hengshan and Gao An after 18 years. More "appropriated" moves on that strip.....

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