By Elena Kadvany
Tokyo Subway, a three decades-long Japanese staple in downtown Menlo Park, is closing Wednesday, Dec. 24.
"I'm going to retire, what can I say?" said owner Toshio Akabori. He opened the diminutive restaurant at 605 Santa Cruz Ave. (one storefront away from the corner of El Camino Real) in August 1985, and said he's been thinking about retiring for a while now.
Tokyo-native Akabori's lifelong dream was to open a restaurant in America (according to this December 2010 review).
He worked his way up from hotel kitchens in Japan to Guam, where he cooked and learned English; he then took a culinary apprenticeship post in Missouri before landing in Menlo Park.
See more on Elena Kadvany's blog Peninsula Foodist.