An eatery that has been a fixture in El Dorado Hills Town Center for eleven years now has announced it is shutting its doors. Aji Japanese Bistro at 4361 Town Center Boulevard plans to call it quits by the end of the month, citing economic challenges as the key reason for the decision.

“We have tried so hard to make it work but with the rising costs we have been left with the sad decision to close. We are so grateful for our amazing community for all the support we have received throughout the years,” reads a statement the restaurant shared with its customers on social media Monday afternoon. “We will be open regular hours until then. Please come in and order your favorite craft cocktails and food. “


Aji  Japanese Bistro has been long known for “Tokyo-style “foods as well as ramen and a variety of sushi dishes. Longtime chef Russell Okubo has owned the restaurant since 2013. Okubo and the staff cites the challenging economy, where rising costs are effecting many businesses, especially restaurants, as the main factor in making the decision to close the doors.

“We have tried so hard to make it work but with the rising costs we have been left with the sad decision to close,” the statement continued. “Again, thank you to all our amazing customers. We appreciate you guys so much. Come and enjoy our last few weeks with us.”


The announcement on Aji’s Facebook page has drawn nearly 200 comments and responses from those in the community as they reacted to the news. The majority of those responding have been longtime customers of the restaurant, many of which refer to the eatery as their “go to” place for dining in El Dorado Hills. Despite the popularity, the restaurant can no longer continue to operate financially. 

How many business have to close for Californians wake up to realize what the issues are ?,” commented Taylro Clifton. “I am so sorry. This is horrible.”


Many reacting to the news have shared that the restaurant is a special place to them, or the place they often go to celebrate special occasions with family and friends. Shelle Limoncelli was one such customer that shared her sadness for the announcement. 


“This one cuts deep for me. My two boys and I have been going there for the 10 years we’ve lived here and we’ve always loved it,” she posted “You have delicious food and amazing staff!. It’s always been a favorite of so many people I know. You will be missed so very much.”

According to the announcement, the restaurant plans to continue serving customers until May 31 when the grills and woks will be turned off for the final time. 

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