RALEIGH (WTVD) — After less than a year of business, celebrity-chef Katsuji Tanabe is permanently closing his High Horse restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Signage is down and items have been moved out of City Market space.
Tanabe says the closure wasn’t his decision, his restaurant fell victim to the lack of revenue that the coronavirus pandemic brought to many businesses.
“I did everything within my power to push my partner to reopen the place because I think we have a social responsibility to our employees,” he said.
Tanabe splashed onto the Raleigh scene after competing on Top Chef and showcased culinary skills on Chopped. His food at High Horse was packed with flavor fusing Mexican, Japanese and American cuisine.
He says it’s heartbreaking to close place a that had so much promise pre-pandemic.
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