Both Sumo Seafood & Sushi Buffet locations, in Irvine (on Culver & the 5) and Santa Ana (on MacArthur near Bristol), have been shuttered.
Although I was never a fan of either one (though quite honestly, I belong to the camp that believes in avoiding "sushi" when it's coupled with the word "buffet"), it is still a sad sign of the times.
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I peeked inside and saw a geisha mannequin, staring into the darkened store, almost as if she's saying "Sayonara" to Sumo, which has been pushed out of the ring for good...
...And caused this food blogger to use one too many metaphors.