Photo of Boxer Sushi courtesy Avila/EPDX
Boxer Sushi, the haute sushi spot by restaurateurs Micah Camden and Katie Poppe (Little Big Burger, Boxer Ramen, Blue Star Donuts), will permanently close after service on Sunday, September 21. According to a press release, the closure comes as opening chef Ian Skomski (an alum of Camden's NE Japanese restaurant Yakuza) is relocating to Bend. In a statement, Poppe announced that "the past two years have been a remarkable culinary treasure, and we are so incredibly proud of him. We wish Ian the best of luck."
Boxer opened in 2012, and enjoyed mixed reviews during its tenure. In late September 2012, the Oregonian's Michael Russell gave the spot a "C-", ending with review with an odd kicker that involved running into Skomski in the restaurant bathroom. (A lengthy comment section ensued.) The restaurant's closure marks the LBB empire builder's complete immersion into the fast-casual market, and perhaps a pendulum shift: Boxer's ramen spinoff opened in October 2013, with a fried chicken concept, Son of a Biscuit, following in June of this year. Boxer Sushi's last day is this Sunday.
· All Boxer Sushi Coverage [Eater PDX]