The original Sekisui, which opened in 1989 at the Shops at Humphreys Center, is moving on. A new space has been secured at the Regalia Center where Circa was located.
According to David Lindsey of Sekisui, the restaurant's lease in the building was not renewed. (A story in the Commercial Appeal outlines plans for the Baptist Center for Cancer Care that would go in that space.)
"Our main objective was to find a nice location as close as possible [to the Humphreys location]," Lindsey says. The Regalia restaurant is just a mile or so away from the Humphreys location, so that loyal customers won't have to travel far. Lindsey says that the staff from Humphreys will be making the move to Regalia as well. He also notes that the new location is also ideal in that Sekisui will not be competing with another Sekisui.
The move is now taking place, and changes will be made to Circa to transform it into a Japanese restaurant.
Lindsey says details are still be worked out, but he doesn't think there will be hibachi at the Regalia restaurant.
They hope to be open by mid-February and will be posting progress reports on their website sekisuiusa.com.
As for Circa, the restaurant closed last week, but has announced, via Facebook, plans to reopen around the same time as the new Sekisui, the middle of next month, in a new space on Poplar.