If you haven't been to Tower City lately, the food court is a ghost town. After Dan Gilbert's purchase of the Avenue Shops last year
, tenants of the food court have been incrementally packing it in. Even McDonald's has closed up shop.
But the saddest location to see go was Sakkio Japan. It's now a dark husk at the entrance to what remains of the food court, as nondescript as a former Great Steak and Potato. Yelpers have glumly reported the closure
Clevelanders will remember with fondness the free Teriyaki chicken samples at Sakkio, and the styrofoam boxes overflowing with sauce-rich daily specials. It was as much an anchor of the Avenue Shops as Footlocker or Cleveland Cinemas.
Last March Gilbert said that the Avenue Shops provided his company, Bedrock Detroit, with a unique opportunity to "build upon the connectivity to our other downtown [Cleveland] investments and create a one-of-a-kind urban shopping, dining and entertainment destination that will make all Clevelanders proud.”
That sounds great, but we're still sorry to see Sakkio go.
Nostalgic fake-Japanese food lovers can still hit up Sarku Japan (Sakkio's parent company
) at Great Northern Mall, Southpark Mall and Great Lakes Mall in Mentor. The food courts are open until 9 p.m.