Smith Street’s Wabi Sabi Salon will close for a month and half beginning in mid-April for a major renovation.
The popular Japanese restaurant plans to reopen in early June with a more modern fit-out.
As well as updating the interiors, owners Tamoya and Saori Kawasaki will revamp the menu.
The new offering will be suited to vegans and pescatarians; it’s adopting the same meat-free ethos as its Fitzroy sibling eatery Neko Neko.
“It will be more of a healthy food direction,” Tamoya explains. “It will be more casual and reasonably priced.”
The restaurant will also extend its weekend hours, keeping its sake bar open until 1am (for the past 10 years Wabi Sabi has closed at 11pm). Diners will find ramen and izakaya-style snacks on the late-night menu.
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