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Baiku Sushi Lounge serves crowd near St. Louis U.

The exterior of BaiKu Sushi Lounge. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Updated with comment from restaurateur Brad Beracha:

BaiKu Sushi Lounge, the restaurant inside Hotel Ignacio in Grand Center, has closed.

"BaiKu Sushi Lounge has closed," the post reads. "Thank you to all the amazing guests we had the privilege of serving these past five years — it has been our pleasure. Catch ya later."

Restaurateur Brad Beracha tells Off the Menu that after five years, it was time to reenergize the restaurant space inside the hotel.

"So although the food quality was awesome at BaiKu, and chef Eliott (Harris) ran a great culinary operation behind the sushi bar, we just decided, in order to increase more volume, let's think about the hotel guests, the traffic that's coming down to Grand Center, and then maybe redo something here in the short-(to-)medium term," Beracha says.

BaiKu opened in September 2014 at 3407 Olive Street. The restaurant weathered a closure of about 3 months in early 2016 due to structural repairs.

More as Off the Menu learns it.