By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 12, 2016 at 5:01 PM

Hibachi Boy, the Japanese fast casual restaurant located at 530 E. Mason St., has announced that it will close on Wednesday, Sept. 14. 

In a phone conversation this afternoon, the owners cited the closing as "a difficult but necessary decision." 

The restaurant will be open for dinner this evening, and will offer its final lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner service (4 to 9 p.m.) on Tuesday, Sept. 13, along with drink specials as a thank you to its customers.

The restaurant, which opened in April, specialized in Japanese style grilled items, rice and noodle dishes and sushi. It was preceded by Fajitas Grill Centro and Cafe Plaza Venezuela.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.