Popular teppanyaki restaurant Kagen has closed. April 29 was their last day of operations.

Kagen first opened in 2008 on Taojiang Lu and had served customers for 10 years before it moved to Fumin Lu in late 2018. I wrote about the Fumin Lu space here. On the web version, I titled it “Kagen: The Darling of Shanghai’s Teppanyaki Restaurants (According to Expats).”

In retrospect, that second title couldn’t ring truer. Expats are a majority of Kagen’s patrons, but most of those expats are either stuck abroad or have left due to the outbreak. These are some of many ways how F&B is being affected by COVID-19.

The following is a statement from Kagen. It has a glimmer of hope, as it states it’ll reopen as soon as the conditions are favorable.

Statement:

Dear Kagen Guests,

Kagen Fumin Lu will close from April 30, 2020 onward. We would like to thank all of our customers, staff, and suppliers for their support over the years and during this time. The first Kagen Teppanyaki in Shanghai opened in the summer of 2008 and had a wonderful run on Taojiang Lu until the Spring of 2018, when landlord issues forced the shop to shut down. We reopened on Fumin Lu in the Winter of 2018, and have had a great time at The Corner dining scene. The arrival and after effects from COVID-19 have significantly impacted our operations and business. While we have hope for the future, the financial pressure on the shop has forced Kagen to close. We look forward to reopening as soon as the conditions are correct.

In the meantime, we invite our Kagen guests to enjoy Hatsune in iapm mall. Just a short walk away on HuaiHai Lu, iapm also has a full bar and will be serving a special teppanyaki menu. All guests who book at Hatsune through Kagen’s telephone number will receive a free round of beer and 10% off their bill during the month of May. Come over to enjoy the beautiful outdoor terrace with Kagen’s filet mignon, jumbo prawns, and delicious cocktails.

Sincerely,
Kagen Management