by Marc Hurwitz
A Malden restaurant that has been in business for a bit more than three years is closed for now, as it has been seized for what appears to be money-related issues.
According to a message from The Passionate Foodie, Oppa's Kitchen & Bar on Pleasant Street is locked up and dark with an orange "Seized" sign in the window that apparently indicates the closure of the place may be due to back taxes and/or rent. It is not known if/when the restaurant might reopen again, so stay tuned for updates.
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Oppa's Kitchen & Bar first opened in September of 2014 in the space where Massimo's had been until it closed and moved to Wakefield; the dining spot offered such items as wings, bibimbap, bulgogi, ramen, teriyaki, and more.
The address for Oppa's Kitchen & Bar is 157 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 02148. Its website can be found at http://www.oppaskitchenandbar.com/
January 18 update: Based on a photo sent by a source, the "Seized" sign indicates that the Oppa's space is now in possession of the landlord and that it has been vacated by order of the court, with the name of a constable given on the sign.
January 23 update: According to a couple of sources, it appears that Oppa's may indeed be gone for good, though a new restaurant may eventually move into the space (as soon as we hear more on this last bit of information, we will post another update here).
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