September 12, 2011
Red Lotus shuts down

Red Lotus, the midtown restaurant which specialized in stylish dim sum-styled Chinese food, shut down as of Sunday night. This news was first broadcast on the Facebook page for Billy Ngo, Red Lotus' executive chef and co-owner, and confirmed by a member of Red Lotus' staff. Red Lotus lasted just under a year-and-a-half of business at 28th and J streets, taking over the a space formerly occupied by G.V. Hurley's before abruptly shutting down after Sunday's service.

Ngo continues to run Kru, a sushi and Asian small-plates themed restaurant just a few blocks from the former Red Lotus at 25th and J streets.

Red Lotus' shut down is the latest in a rash of midtown restaurant closures. Celestin's, the long-running Caribbean restaurant, will close at the end of September and be replaced with a new eatery run by the owners of Capitol Garage. Other recent restaurant closures in the midtown/downtown area include Brew It Up, Spin Burger Bar and L Wine & Urban Kitchen. California Pizza Kitchen's location at 15th and L street has also closed, though its other locations around the Sacramento area remain open.

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