Sushi-Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.) owes more than $840,000 in back taxes, The Washington Post reports. In April, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against the restaurant for failing to pay business income taxes, co-owner Daisuke Utagawa confirmed to the paper. “It’s actually a long, long story,” he said. “At the moment, I’d really rather not talk about it.” Utagawa added that the debt would not force him to close Sushi-Ko.
Utagawa is planning to open a new ramen restaurant in Chinatown. He told the Post that Sushi-Ko’s tax issues would not impact that plan: “One has nothing to do with the other.”