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Nisen 110 closed, KENTA to take its place

Nisen 110, a Japanese-Asian fusion restaurant in Melville,

Nisen 110, a Japanese-Asian fusion restaurant in Melville, has closed. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Nisen 110, which made its Melville debut in February and was featured in Newsday's story about the proliferation of sushi restaurants on the Route 110 corridor, has closed two months short of its first anniversary.

In May, the restaurant received a one-and-a-half-star rating from Newsday’s Peter M. Gianotti, who described the remodeled former digs of Barolo as “high-decibel, sleekly modern.” One of its opening partners, Tom Lam, is co-owner of Nisen Sushi in Commack and Nisen 347 in St. James, both up and running. He will not be affiliated with the new restaurant, KENTA, scheduled to open at the Nisen 110 site soon. 

KENTA, a "modern Asian'' restaurant, is to feature such dishes as crispy rice spiced tuna with jalapeño and shrimp toast with yuzu salt and lemon. Managing co-owner James Ragonese said that he and executive chef co-owner Jason Lee are both veterans of the Philippe Chow Restaurant Group.

Ragonese said the space is being renovated in a “warmer and homier” vein and that he hopes it will open around Jan. 12. He added that many of the former employees of Nisen 110 will remain.