The midtown restaurant and spontaneous theatrical celebration Sushi Roxx unexpectedly closed last week, Page Six reported. The owner, Jason Apfelbaum, was nowhere to be found.
Some of the restaurant's suddenly unemployed staffers said that their last check bounced and that they are owed three week's pay. Apfelbaum's lawyer told Page Six that “payroll is in the process of being handled.” The restaurant was also allegedly double charging customers, often months after their initial visit, according to Alex Margolin of Merchant Industry, the company that processes their credit card transactions. Merchant Industries is now on the hook for at least $20,000 in mystery charges.
Sushi Roxx presented itself as "a unique, high energy, vibe dining destination restaurant," where the staff are all professional dancers, singers, and actors who perform each night. Gothamist's 2015 review of Sushi Roxx, by Nell Casey, described a psychedelic scene sure to trigger a good or bad trip, depending on what you're into:
LCD screens make for incredibly versatile pieces of decor. Flames! Bubbles! Abstract geometric images! Honestly, I'd expected the decor to be pretty tacky considering the location and theme, but it was surprisingly fun and engaging. I've never been to Tokyo, but if I go, I hope to see giant Godzilla pinball paintings, blown up Sumo wrestler photos, walls made of beckoning cats and enough disco balls and colored spot lights to bring on a seizure. What I mean to say is that I can't speak to the authenticity of the design, but it's a lot of fun to look at while ogling chiseled dancers and inhaling sushi.
Here's just a taste of all that New York has lost:
There had been no mention of the closure on the restaurant's website or social media platforms. The last post was from July 11. "Literally imposible [sic] make reservations online or by phone," wends1329 commented on their last Instagram post, a comment that has proved to be literally correct.