Lately, there’s been a great deal of speculation online and in social media about the future of MF Buckhead.
MF Buckhead is the much larger and grander version of the original MF Sushibar, which closed in last November, its owners filing bankruptcy a few days later. At the time, co-owner Chris Kinjo told John Kessler that MF Sushibar closed because of the declining area, saying that it was unrelated to tax issues. Kinjo said, “No matter what happens, there will always be an MF in Atlanta.”
This week, Kinjo told John Kessler that MF Buckhead is going through a “major reorganization” and “for now we’re open.”
I also connected with Sa Kinjo, General Manager at MF Buckhead and co-owner with her cousins Chris and Alex. When asked about the possibility of MF Buckhead closing, she said, “Not at all. We are in the process of restructuring, but that shouldn’t affect our operating the restaurant.”
Sa indicated that allegations of IRS interference are “entirely false. There’s no denying that we have problems with back taxes but that’s being worked through.”
According to Sa, the group has found that the current space near Lenox Square is too large for the restaurant to be profitable. They are working with the Terminus building, where the restaurant is housed, to “take some space back.” She said, “We are working with the landlord to have us stay where we are. We would only close our current location if we can’t come to an agreement.” Also as a part of the restructuring, the Kinjo brothers are in the process of bringing on a business partner.
There have been other reports that MF Buckhead will move to another Buckhead location. Sa told me that the have not signed any contracts, but are researching three alternate spaces so that they will be able to “move fast” if an agreement can’t be reached with Terminus.
The group also continues to pursue the possibility of opening MF locations in Miami and New York.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog