Hibachi Hut announced yesterday via twitter that they were closing their doors for good, but now it seems someone who has local ties has saved the Manhattan legend. Today, via their facebook page, Aggieville announced that Hibachi Hut would be reopened at a new location in the downtown area. Executive Director of the Aggieville Business Association Evan Tuttle said that the former Hibachi Hut owners would still own and lease out the location to Fuzzy Taco’s but the Hibachi Hut name, recipes and some of its historic decore has been purchased by “Someone locally,” and will be moving to an area in the downtown area.
When asked about Aggieville’s feeling on the move Tuttle said “At first, I had a few sleepless nights because I thought we were going to lose part of our history, but I got good this morning so, thank God for that.”
Both Aggieville and many members of the local community were shocked yesterday when Hibachi Hut announced yesterday their closing. The announcement came after owners had alerted both Aggieville and their staff via text message around midnight Sunday. Hibachi Hut is the longest, consecutively running restaurant in Manhattan, opening in 1959. It had been in its Aggieville location since 1963 and has been owned by the Becker family for the past 11 years.
Aggieville will announce more details about the sale at a later date.