Owners Yoko and Eiji Nakamura had been subletting their tiny space from Daruma Japanese Market, but when the market closed earlier this year, the couple negotiated a month-by-month lease with the landlord.
“If somebody wants the whole space, we [had to] get out,” says Eiji Nakamura, the chef behind Ren’s. “Now somebody wants the whole space.”
So Ren’s must leave. But the Nakamuras are looking for a new space, whether in Bethesda or in the District. They don’t have a space in mind yet, but they are resolved to resurrect Ren’s as soon as possible.