Buckhead sushi restaurant appears closed.
Amura, a sushi & steak restaurant at Terminus in Buckhead has "closed due to a serious kitchen equipment malfunction," but looks to be closed for good. Amura, with three locations in the Orlando area, branched out to Buckhead last year when it replaced MF Sushi at Terminus.
Amura opened at a time when established players Tomo and Taka were already entrenched in Buckhead, and newcomer UMI was a hit from the start. Amura never really got any press or notoriety and had the disadvantage of being located within Terminus. Whereas UMI become known as the "it" spot for celebrities intown, Amura was just kind of there... an option.
I reached out to the Amura locations in Orlando, all of which were seemingly in the dark about the "malfunction" in Buckhead. An employee at the Buckhead location with whom I made contact today did not verbally confirm the restaurant was closed, but seemed to say so with his gestures.
Interestingly, no announcement of any kind has been made either via Amura's Facebook or Twitter accounts and as of 12:15PM, Amura's phone goes unanswered. (Amura normally opens at 11:15AM.)
Amura is "temporarily offline" from reservations website OpenTable.
Perhaps there really was a "serious kitchen equipment malfunction," but if there wasn't, it's a little surprising that Amura would have been seeking new employees in mid-May if they planned to close just a month later. (Amura posted to its Facebook page they were seeking "experienced host / hostess" on May 15th)
If closed for good, Amura would be the second restaurant closure at Terminus in just the past month. Here to Serve's Cantina restaurant closed at the end of May. When I broke the news of Cantina's closure, I recapped other business closures at the center, of which there have been many. This post also received a number of comments where people griped about the parking situation, a problem to which many attribute the business failures.