Hideto ‘Pancho’ Yanase was left with having to make a rather difficult choice now that the pandemic has negatively impacted his business for the past year. 

He is the owner and chef of both Tairyo Sushi and Kai Restaurant located at the Blue Lagoon Plaza in Tumon. 

By March 31, Tairyo Sushi will close its doors for business. 

Kai Restaurant will stop operations by the end of April. 

“We are sad, really sad. It’s a situation we have to adjust to survive,” he said. 

Tairyo Sushi has been in business for nearly 20 years. He said he took over ownership after the former owner moved back to Japan.

He’s also been running Kai Restaurant for the past 14 years. 

Yanase said he is now ready to move forward in hopes of reopening and expanding Kai Restaurant in August inside the same plaza at the former Tap House location, which has more space to accept more customers and stay socially distant.