When Slurping Turtle closed last September for its first major renovation since opening in 2014, it estimated the overhaul would take six to seven weeks. (Observer, November 2021.)
Instead, it took the Liberty St. restaurant seven months to re-open its doors, and there are still some missing pieces.
“We still do not have the chairs we planned on, as the trucker strike in Europe put a hold on them being shipped,” emails Michael Persa, director of operations for Slurping Turtle Restaurants (there is another in Columbus). “We hopefully will have them in May.”
Persa says they had to re-think the design several times due to difficulties in getting construction materials, and the reopening was further delayed by staff shortages.
Though much of its ramen- and sushi-focused menu is back, the lineup also has been adjusted to reflect supply chain difficulties. Beef dishes are gone, as are hamachi tacos, though Persa says they hope to bring those back soon.
There are adjusted hours, too. For now, the restaurant is serving only dinner on weekdays. It is open for lunch on weekends.
Slurping Turtle, 608 E. Liberty, (734) 887–6868. Wed. & Thurs. 4:30–10 p.m., Fri. 4:30–11 p.m., Sat. 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Closed Mon. & Tues. slurpingturtle.com