Popular Tennessee restaurant closing later this month due to worker shortage

Kristen Walters

At the end of this month, Tennessee diners will be forced to say goodbye to one of the state's favorite family restaurants.

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It's a sad day for sushi lovers in Tennessee as the famous Ichiban Japanese Restaurant located at 1831 NW Broad Street in Murfreesboro will be closing its doors at the end of the month.

The popular eatery has been in business for nearly four years, but due to a worker shortage, the owners have confirmed that June 30, 2022, will be the last day of operations.

This news is sure to disappoint many local residents who enjoyed eating at the Japanese-inspired establishment.

Ichiban was previously located on Second Avenue in Nashville for more than 20 years before a fire forced the restaurant to close. However, in 2017, restaurant owner Makoto Fujiwara purchased the building on Broad Street and reopened the restaurant there, where it quickly became a favorite among locals.

Unfortunately, an ongoing worker shortage mixed with the current economic climate is forcing the restaurant's owners to shut down this location.

Ichiban is just one of many businesses in the area that have been affected by the worker shortage, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit, as many restaurants have had to close due to the lack of workers.

The closure of Ichiban will be a loss for the community, as the restaurant was known for its delicious food and friendly service.

While the shutdown is unfortunate, it is a reminder of the importance of supporting local businesses.

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