Tipster John T. alerted us to the closure of Yum Yum Fish, located on 2181 Irving St. The restaurant quietly shuttered earlier this month, to the disappointment of its many fans in the neighborhood.
The small restaurant began life as a fish market in 1980, and later expanded into a restaurant, serving mostly takeout. By the time Yum Yum Fish closed, it had become a local neighborhood institution with many loyal customers.
John T., who says he's been going to Yum Yum at least once a month for the last five years, shared a brief eulogy with Hoodline:
“It was a place where the young woman at the counter remembered my six-year-old daughter's name from one time to the next, and not because I introduced them, but because she overheard me using it when speaking to my daughter. And where the sushi chef typically offered a smile as we waited, usually with an offer of a piece of nori for my daughter."
Loyal Yelpers also noted the closure with a bittersweet hope that it might be temporary. "Where'd they go?!," wrote Emily W. in early December. "We come about once every two weeks and they didn't mention anything to us. No signs outside either! Hope you come back soon Yum Yum!"
Mike W. wrote, “What happened to the shop? No signs and the entire facility inside is broken down like a remodel ... Hope they're just going through a remodel, but without a sign in the window, it doesn't look good :(."
Thanks to tipster John T.