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MF Buckhead to close after service tonight

MF Buckhead will close after dinner service tonight, a representative from the restaurant has confirmed. “It was a difficult decision,” said Sa Kinjo. “We had filed Chapter 11 and had hoped to work through this, but a judge has just signed the papers on Chapter 7 for a full liquidation.”

Kinjo said her cousins Chris Kinjo and Alex Kinjo, the principal partners in the restaurant, were unable to work out a workable payment structure with their landlord at Terminus Atlanta following the Chapter 11 filing.

But fans of the restaurant’s high-end sushi need not despair. The family is working with a new partner and hopes to begin building a sushi bar in a smaller Buckhead space as soon as possible.

“We’re really hoping to set up operations within two or three months,” said Kinjo. “But it will be in a smaller space, more in keeping with today’s economy.”

MF Buckhead opened to national acclaim in 2007 and earned a 5-star rating from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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JJ

February 2nd, 2012
5:47 pm

where in buckhead?

FoodFan

February 2nd, 2012
5:52 pm

And Morton’s in Buckhead closed as well. Add it to the long lists of places like Craft, ESPN Zone, etc. that have closed. Is Buckhead really that much better as a large, stagnant construction site? I know the bars & things were a nuisance, but many long years of this ongoing constrcution has really detracted from a key part of our city. I know the economy is awful, but the fact nobody goes down there anymore – because there’s no reason to go down there anymore! – is truly disheartening to this ATL native.

Daryl-Atlanta

February 2nd, 2012
5:55 pm

If the sushi was that good along with the business enjoying a strong and loyal following….could their problems be due too high of a overhead and way-to-expensive rent? Perhaps. The article seems to imply as much with the reference to a (new partner and a)smaller space (coming soon) and is “more in keeping with today’s economy.” If this is the case, MF Buckhead would not be the first restaurant who built too big and ran into cash flow problems…notwithstanding how good or bad the food was. Joel on Northside Drive comes to mind. Good luck to their working through this and putting these challenges behind them.

jimmy

February 2nd, 2012
6:16 pm

I hope Chef Ito and his wife stay in town, they’re great.

jack cavalia

February 2nd, 2012
6:21 pm

maybe its because the kinjos give away the house to the fake boobies clientele ie :aramda promotions… thank you to aramada for ruining another great restaurant.

[...] After filing for bankruptcy in November, the owners of MF Buckhead have been court ordered to a “full liquidation” of the Buckhead restaurant, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s John Kessler first reported. [...]

A longtime fan

February 2nd, 2012
6:42 pm

Come to Kirkwood, please!

Capsized in Buckhead

February 2nd, 2012
6:54 pm

MF hasn’t paid rent since they have been there!
They are professional criminals and use the courts to walk away from their debts!
Chapter 11?
Management at Terminus should go after the Ponce location to get their money back!
Good food, bad business people!
Please go to Kirkwood!

Les

February 2nd, 2012
6:57 pm

Hey, didn’t they just close their MF Sushibar in midtown a few months ago? Under the premise that they were losing customers because the neighborbood on Ponce de Leon had gone downhill?

All the times that I went to the midtown location – for lunch or for dinner – the bar and tables were fairly full. I can understand that the tables didn’t turn… but there were some customers.

I wonder if they closed midtown in-part because the Buckhead was a bigger drain on the monetary resources.

jimmersn

February 2nd, 2012
7:00 pm

the Bones or even Chops for sushi/sashimi…….tastes bettter when others are paying but…….please find another ATL overhead to showcase your art!!!!!

jack cavalia

February 2nd, 2012
7:10 pm

yeah the kinjos knowingly have some extra ciricular activities that SNIFFS up all their money…. hint hint.

Ronzul

February 2nd, 2012
7:14 pm

Average sushi w above average price tag. How may different ways can they prepare tuna? Oh well… no more magic finger lobster box.

somebody

February 2nd, 2012
7:22 pm

How did g’s comment get past your editors? The word “shi…y” .

jack cavalia

February 2nd, 2012
7:29 pm

prez obozp, the problem wasnt rap and hip hop… the problem was the douche bag loudermilk that insisted on closing bars that.clubs people used to go to buckhead to have a good time.. drink too much and spend money… that meant going out to eat and hangover shopping the next day. loudermilk bought everything… and failed at it.. now buckhead is a road full of empty cranes. its sad. what was wrong the way oit was in 90’s?? so people/kids got drunk… better than the way it is now?

Gordon Gecko

February 2nd, 2012
7:30 pm

Greed is good….oh, wait…

TheBig Cat

February 2nd, 2012
7:32 pm

Johnny

February 2nd, 2012
7:46 pm

This is what happens when you spend money on high ceilings and chandeliers and a bunch of crap like that, and try to cover costs with overpriced rolls when you can get the same quality in numerous other places. People choose the same quality and cheaper price. Crazy, huh?

Bob from Accounttemps

February 2nd, 2012
8:16 pm

Simply too expensive, although was good. Taka is expensive, but outstanding. Just not the scene.

get real Jack

February 2nd, 2012
8:25 pm

Jack Cavalia…get real! The reason all of the hotspots that were fun were bought up and closed IS BECAUSE OF THE RAP AND HIP HOP! If it wasn’t for all the “cruising” and “shoot-em-ups” that occurred in Buckhead in the early 2000’s then people wouldn’t have wanted to shut Buckhead down. Do you not remeber the shoot-out between two cars unloading uzi’s at each other 10 years ago? You add that to the economic downturn, then you get what Buckhead has become. IT WASN’T SAFE ANYMORE. It is too bad, MF Midtown was awesome. They obviously overextended themselves with the Buckhead location. I look forward to more Magic Finger sushi someday!

YulieG

February 2nd, 2012
8:26 pm

Go to Atlantic Seafood in Alpharetta – their half price sushi each evening is FANTASTIC – best deal in town!

Lola

February 2nd, 2012
8:34 pm

Have you ever seen them? Maybe if they did not spend so much on crazy clothes, and Louis Vuitton bags (for the men) and crazy pointy toe shoes, they might be in business still. If it was due to the economy that they are closing, then they should have reigned in their spending elsewhere. And, there are only so many plastic surgery, botox filled Barbies in Buckhead. Most of them are broke too. I think they picked the wrong target market.

realitycheck

February 2nd, 2012
8:35 pm

Agree with Jack C…………….Everything as far as nightlife is concerned was better in the 90’s. Atlanta had a rockin’ nighlife for decades and now it’s as tired as Cincinnati and maybe worse. This city of nearly 6 million rolls the streets up like Mayberry, and people in other cities/states no longer come here for an exciting weekend like they used to because the city decided to give everyone a bedtime. Friends from places like Chattanooga or Birmingham refuse to come here because they can stay out much later in their own cities. These last 8 years have been the absolute pits having to go home at 2:30 when you aren’t ready. Say what you want about cities like New Orleans, but at least we must admit that they have a helluva nighlife. The Mayor and City Council are absolutely clueless what an economic impact that these early closing hours have had on everything from empty hotel rooms on most weekends to empty tables at restaurants to fewer out of town customers who would be at the malls and other stores shopping and spending money. Even cab drivers have lost late might business that once upon a time was bustling. The city needs to address these issues because the economic impact cannot be underestimated any longer!

hmmm

February 2nd, 2012
10:10 pm

…while Nakato celebrates its 40th year of business in Atlanta!!!

Sushi lover

February 2nd, 2012
11:24 pm

Goodbye and good riddance. There are at least 10 other sushi restaurants in Atlanta that serve better sushi than MF. The packaging was nice; it was a place to be seen. But where did that get them? The same place as Bluepointe. It’s interesting that John Kessler gave them such a high rating. My guess is that, like most food pseudo-critics, he rated the packaging instead of the product.

jack trent

February 3rd, 2012
3:22 am

looking to set up operations in two or three months?? wth? obviously it takes longer than a few months to open a new restaurant. there they go again being full of themselves. how come there was no mention of their plans for miami or new york? Maybe because they are deep in debt and no investor would be foolish enough in this economy to sink their money in the KINJO BROS. brand. They are a brothers are a bunch of jokes. Word of advice – pay your taxes like the rest of us.

“there will always be a mf sushi in atlanta” – alex kinjo. really? get over yourself.

P.S. if chef Ito focused more on sushi and wasn’t too busy posting pics onto Facebook, maybe they could have made it

Barbara

February 3rd, 2012
9:08 am

A sad story about a restaurant that served top quality sushi. Bad timing on their part for that kind of expansion. I wish the ownership the best and hope that they find a new location for their magic fingers.

RK

February 3rd, 2012
9:08 am

I didn’t find anything special about the original MF, but I loved the new one. And I’m not sure about the nightlife comments, because it always seemed to be about the food there.

A lot of sushi can seem the same from place to place, but I’ve found two places (OTP!) that actually have different fish and preparation that keep it interesting — Sushi Nami up on Windward (stop by if you go outlet shopping) and, surprisingly, Taki on Ashford Dunwoody. Their sashimi apps and escolar are fantastic.

Drew

February 3rd, 2012
9:25 am

Sad, but hopefully this will be good for Taka.

TheFoodList

February 3rd, 2012
10:25 am

Sniff Sniff + Gucci/Prada EVERYTHING is right –

hear that sucking noise…. money going down the drain.

Drew

February 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

Just curious how many of these haters ever went out and opened their own business! You have to take some risk in life in order to succeed. Love or hate at least they tried and were successful for over 10years!

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. M. Jordan

Niko Karatassos

February 3rd, 2012
11:37 am

Alex and Chris created one of the top sushi restaurants in the country here in Atlanta. I had without a doubt the best sushi experience of my life one night at MF. It topped Matsuhishu in LA when Nobu himself was there.

Atlanta has truly lost something special. I can’t wait till they open their next restaurant.

jack trent

February 3rd, 2012
2:13 pm

why don’t you fund them niko? nobody would be dumb enough to do that

Bob Garcia

February 3rd, 2012
4:47 pm

drew… MJ didnt eff around during his games….he knew the difference between businnes and pleasure. And Michael Jordan PAYS ALL HIS DEBTS

I love Buckhead

February 4th, 2012
11:11 am

Seriously JACK C? are you a moron? There were over 10 murders (YES MURDERS) after the BMF took over the Buckhead Village nightclub scene. You should be praising Loudermilk for shutting down those clubs and for all the things he has done to improve Buckhead. Think you need to do your homework before you run your mouth off about things you clearly know nothing about. Lastly, the McMillan team is working to bring an improved Buckhead Village back. These things take time and money.

MF was amazing. The best in town.

Commenter

February 4th, 2012
12:06 pm

They screwed over their employees.

M.Johnson

February 4th, 2012
3:43 pm

@Sushi Lover: Packaging is part of the product when it comes to sushi, duh! He rated it five stars because that’s what the restaurant earned. It’s easy to pile on when someone is down, but these guys really did usher in a different type of sushi restaurant. They were not about cream cheese-filled, fried crap wanna-be sushi.

Yes, they were flashy, but that was part of the charm. The quality of this intown spot set the tone for other places.

No, I don’t work for them or promote them. I just know that it was a restaurant spot and they will be missed. Like many other Atlanta business people, they were ambitious, made a big gamble and lost. (Craft? Bluepoint?)

John Kessler

February 4th, 2012
3:51 pm

Sushi lover – I did not rate the restaurant. It was the previous critic, Meridith Ford Goldman.

Bob Garcia

February 4th, 2012
5:38 pm

and bmf isnt around anymore.. but loudermilks redneck ideas and cranes are…. genius

Jack Cavalia

February 4th, 2012
5:43 pm

I love buckhead… I know loudermilk ran out of money…. and left hundresds of small business owners out to dry… with promises of millions in revenue and shopping… great improvement… he forced small business owners to hand over their leases… (the dry cleaner on pharr rings a bell) and then ran out of money. tell me how thats an improvement??? the mandarin hotel backed out… the streets of buckhead sold about 5 percent of their leases… huge improvement… did r loudermilk try to buy you too???

Jack Cavalia

February 4th, 2012
5:45 pm

oh but he did allow the fishing and hunting store to keep their lease… THANK GOD!!!! what would we do without fishhawk hunting store????????? thats a big improvement too…. whoa!! robin loudermilk is a genius!!!!!

Jack Cavalia

February 4th, 2012
5:53 pm

I love Buckhead…lets keep going…. buckhead saloon… forced out. fado. forced to relocate(bc loudermilk is friends with keiran and got a sweetheart deal). jack rabbits. forced out. steamhouse… forced out. lulu’s. forced out… clearly all those establishments were part of the BMF gang… funny.. most of them reopened elsewhere and are thriving… thanks loudermilk for taking greats places away from buckhead.. but buckhead village has awesome cranes and fences now.

Jack Cavalia

February 4th, 2012
5:55 pm

and lets keep going… captial grille is about to close because of all the constructon thats just sitting there.. thanks loudermilk…

Jack Cavalia

February 4th, 2012
6:01 pm

and according to atlanta PD zone 2 crime stats…. buckhead had 14 murders in 2011… yes 14 murders!!!?? you are such a fool dude…. robin loudermilk is a dumb redneck that should have stuck with nascar – by the way.. his own board of directors fired him at aarons. not developing cities…

Sang

February 5th, 2012
9:30 am

Thanks to these brothers Atlanta had sushi that rivals New York and San Francisco. They gave us a taste of what truly great sushi can be, and a benchmark for all other sushi to try to achieve.

Thanks Chris And Alex for the passed 8 years my taste buds are truly grateful.. I will be lost until you open the new location.

I love Buckhead

February 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

Oh Jack C –
You seem like a pleasant person with a great vision for the future of Buckhead. Way to be positive! The deck at Lulu’s-FIRE HAZARD. You’re upset about Jack Rabbits, really? This is your scene? Well…maybe you should move on from your frat boy days and do something positive with your time instead of complain about change. Please google Ben Carter because this may may clear up a few things for you. Ben Carter is not Loudermilk.
Thanks for calling me “dude” I’m a female.

Baltisraul

February 6th, 2012
6:53 am

Many of you have mentioned the economy. That is the #1 factor. In many places in this country, Buckhead included, it will take upwards of 15 more years to get just even with your original investment. Smart investors are scaling down from “high end” overhead places. Follow the smart money. You may have to travel a little farther and have less glitz but get used to it. If you have small children, they will be out of college before this real estate disaster is finally over. High end resturants will be among the last to come out of this black hole we are in!

jack trent

February 6th, 2012
2:31 pm

Sang they are not reopening. They are forced into chapter 7 bankruptcy. They are broke and owe the government too much money. They will never EVER get a loan from the bank. How many suckers would invest in two broke brothers. THEIR LAST NAME IS NOT KINJO, ITS NGUYEN. beware: don’t fall for their lies!

None

February 6th, 2012
7:57 pm

Jack Cavalia: Do your homework before you say something false on this comment boards: it was Ben Carter not Robin Loudermilk who bought up all of Buckhead Village and failed at rebuilding it to The Streets of Buckhead.

defr

February 7th, 2012
11:03 am

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