Though 2013 had its share of restaurants fleeing Chelsea for rent friendlier pastures, it appears that one empty storefront has secured a tenant for the new year. A Zagat tipster informs us that Sushi Seki, the highly regarded Upper East Side Japanese restaurant, plans to open in the former RUB BBQ space, though an estimated opening date has not been revealed. The barbecue joint, which shuttered a year ago, called it quits after eight years in Chelsea. The Sushi Seki UES location is closed until January 6 for a winter break, we'll update you with more information soon.
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