Midtown sushi restaurant, known for its vegan options as well as fish, appears closed

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Midtown Sushi emerged loudly, the product of a nasty split between partners. It closed quietly.

The Japanese-inspired restaurant has frequently been shut down during normal business hours for more than a month, with no real signs of activity at 2801 P St.

Midtown Sushi is listed as “permanently closed” on Yelp and Apple Maps, its website has been closed down and would-be customers peered into the dark dining room at around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Midtown Sushi’s California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control license was automatically revoked on Dec. 15, the default since owner Dan Walsh didn’t apply for renewal when it expired on Aug. 31. Walsh did not respond to a request for comment.

Walsh had partnered with chef/co-owner Lou Valente on Lou’s Sushi, a popular concept that bore Valente’s likeness in mural form on the side of the building.

But the two owners had an acrimonious business divorce in 2017, with Valente leaving to open Southpaw Sushi in North Sacramento and Walsh finding new partners to rebrand Lou’s Sushi as Midtown Sushi.

That meant adding several vegan options — rolls with sweet potato and charred Brussels sprouts, say. Those choices made Midtown Sushi a popular spot for vegetarians along with their fish-loving friends and family.

What to look for: The outside of Midtown Sushi’s building bears a lovely mural of Sacramento landmarks, including the Capitol and Tower Bridge. Will it be painted over?

Where: 2801 P St., Sacramento.

What’s next: Sushi lovers around midtown may want to try Otoro or Ju Hachi; local vegan-friendly spots include Revolution Winery & Kitchen, Burger Patch and Bambi Vegan Tacos.