Monday, March 3, 2014

So Long Mama's

Heading to the harbor last Saturday to install the new cover on Bluesette we decided to stop at Mama's Kitchen for lunch as it was already 1:00 PM.  As we approached we noticed - couldn't miss - a rather large flatbed truck parked in front of the entrance and as we got closer we could see cardboard boxes stacked inside the restaurant.    Mama's was obviously closed and moving out.

So we went to the neighboring hotel - Ikoinomura Hinuma - and had an acceptable soba lunch.  We've eaten there before - even stayed overnight a couple of times - and while the food is OK and the lakefront view very nice, it obviously isn't Mama's where we have enjoyed having lunch regularly since the beginning of our sailing adventures in 2009.

Mama's Kitchen - April, 2013

Later, Mrs. Hakuta at the Yacht Harbor informed us that Mama's couldn't make enough to keep paying the rent.    The restaurant business is a tough one and the earthquake/tidal wave/nuclear accident of 2011 severely impacted tourism to the area.  Even the yacht harbor has seen considerably reduced business as fewer visitors come to fish and schools cut back on sailing programs.

We will miss visiting with Mama and her family and the special way they prepared and served our lunches.     Every time we pass the building we will be reminded of the good food and good times we enjoyed there and wonder how they are getting on.   Our last visit was on November 24 of last year.

Always fun to have lunch at Mama's Kitchen

Special requests, such as all plant based meals,  no problem.
Scrumptious dessert made with Mama's special touch.

There will not be a new restaurant attempting to replace Mama's Kitchen.  Rather, as Mrs. Hakuta at the Yacht Harbor informed us, the new tenant will open a karaoke club (just what we need - not).  
So long, Mama and family.  Your customers will miss you.  May good fortune smile upon you in whatever you do next.

Until next, sweet sailing.


Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Sorry for your loss! I willmiss them, too.

bonnie said...

So sad! I enjoyed your lunches there, too!

Tillerman said...

Very sad. Loved reading about your lunches at Mama's.

Don Snabulus said...

I don't think I've ever been so shocked about the closing of a place I've never eaten at. It is the end of an era.

Zen said...

Bummer, it wasone of the places i wanted to visit on our northern tour.

Sandscraper said...

"Oh no, say it ain't so", I used to dream of eating at Mama's one day. Actually, I did eat there many times through your Blog pictures and description.

Arkonbey said...

Man, that stinks!

There is something especially painful about losing a local restaurant with good food and atmosphere. Especially if you're a regular.

I am also one who dreamed of visiting Japan and eating at Mama's