Old Fourth Ward’s Miso Izakaya Will Close Soon

Chef Guy Wong posted that after 10 years in business, his popular Old Fourth Ward restaurant “Miso Izakaya” will close after he was unable to work out terms with a new landlord. (Image courtesy of Google Maps)

Miso Izakaya, a popular Japanese restaurant on Edgewood Avenue will close later this month, according to its recent Facebook post. The restaurant’s last day of service will be July 28.

According to Eater Atlanta, Miso Izakaya has been “known for Japanese small plates and late night ramen.”

Owner Chef Guy Wong also announced the closure on his personal Instagram account according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In the restaurant’s Facebook post, he says that his lease has ended and that he was unable to negotiate new terms that would make sense with the landlord.

“I opened Miso Izakaya in 2008. A time when the O4W was nothing like it is today. I was 25 years old and didn’t have a clue about anything. After 10 years we are closing,” the post reads. “My lease has come to an end and I was unable to work out terms with the new landlord (from out of town) that would make sense to continue.”

Many Facebook users have commented on the post, some saying that they will miss the restaurant and that they are sad to hear the news of the closure.

I want to thank everyone over the years for all the support,” Wong said in the post. “I never thought we would have made it past the first year yet alone 10 years. I believe this is the right time to move into a new direction.”

In a phone interview, Chef Wong told the AJC that he was happy that Miso Izakaya had been around for the 10 years, because that’s a long time for a restaurant. He also said that he would not be relocating the Miso Izakaya concept, but the AJC said he left open the possibility of some Miso dishes appearing on other menus.

According to Eater Atlanta, Wong also owns Le Fat, a Vietnamese restaurant, and a ramen shop called Ton Ton. He will be opening Miso Ko in Ponce City Market this summer.

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