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High Horse closes in downtown Raleigh

Posted July 9, 2020 11:42 a.m. EDT

Chef Katsuji Tanabe’s High Horse restaurant in downtown Raleigh (Photo by Nancy Granados)

— After less than a year in business, High Horse has closed its doors in downtown Raleigh.

Chef Katsuji Tanabe, who opened the restaurant in City Market in November, confirmed the news to WRAL Thursday saying that his investor decided not to move forward with plans to reopen.

The "Top Chef" alum moved his family from Los Angeles to Raleigh to open High Horse, his seventh restaurant. He had planned for it to celebrate his "American Dream."

“The South has such a rich food culture and history; I really fell in love with it during Top Chef Charleston,” Tanabe said at the time. “I’ve found a home in the South where I can provide the best possible life for my family, and do what I love in a place that really cares about their food culture.”

The restaurant briefly offered take-out after Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the dining room closures in mid-March, but soon closed its doors. Tanabe said at the time that High Horse wasn't made for takeout.

Tanabe said he has never been welcomed by a city as much as Raleigh.

"I like the city. I really like the vibe. It has huge potential," Tanabe said, adding that he isn't ruling out opening another restaurant in Raleigh.

Tanabe appeared on the "Top Chef" three times and became a fan favorite.

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