An old ice machine sits forlornly out back. A neon
arrow sign that once pointed the way toward the Kobe now points to nowhere. Pieces of the
stoves and ovens are piled up against the back of the restaurant. The grounds around the
place are starting to grow wild; there's some sort of big blue tank hidden in the woods
out back, too.
I was sorta bummed
that I never got to see this place when it was open... it looks like it was a really nice
restaurant. The building is not in bad condition, just really neglected... who knows,
maybe one day it will re-open as a restaurant?
This sign did not say this
the day that I explored it- this somewhat amusing message popped up
overnight a few months later. Har har har.
Our visitor Doug wrote, "I recently encountered your
essay about the Kobe Japanese Restaurant on your lostdestinations.com web site. I enjoyed
your writing - even though the story is so sad. Anyway, I was a busboy there in 1984-86.
Your ideas about the elegant charm of that place are right on target. I'd love to share
stories with you about the lovely waitresses, the magnificent showcase of Japanese
culture, the friendliest boss I've worked for before or since...that place was terrific!
Years later, I dumped one college for another because the former didn't offer courses in
Japanese language. I'll always regret that I won't be able to take Mayumi Gorga on that
date she promised me after I graduated from college..."
"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your
web site. I especially enjoyed the Route 9 photos. I was
actually in the Kobe Restaurant a few times. They used to have a dinner-theatre shows
there a long time ago, I went to a few with my wife and friends..." --Michael
"What I heard about the Kobe was that the small stream
that runs next to the restaurant became polluted and they had to shut it down because it
was contaminating their water." --Gene
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