Short North staple Haiku closing its doors in December

CREDIT: Haiku Restaurant, Facebook
CREDIT: Haiku Restaurant, Facebook

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Haiku, which has served customers in the Short North for almost 18 years, is closing in December.

The restaurant serves sushi, noodles, and other Asian dishes. Its last day will be Dec. 10, 2016.

According to our partners at Columbus Business First, a Dublin development company has proposed a 10-story building on the site.

The building would include a hotel, rooftop bar, office space, and spots for retail and restaurants. A parking garage is also in the works.

Owners Paul and Julie Liu are not sure if Haiku will reopen after the construction, they said in a press release.

Paul Liu said Haiku will donate 10 percent of their profits to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank from now until Dec. 10.

“This was not an easy decision,” he said. “Haiku has been in the Short North location for over 17 years and it is very difficult to have come to this decision. My wife, Julie, and I have put a lot of work in to this restaurant and the community over the years. As owners, we have a bittersweet feeling about this move but in the end it is for the greater good. The community has been great to us and we are doing what we can to give back to it and add to the neighborhood with this development.”

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