Tony and Kelly Chu opened Aya Cookhouse in Mount Pleasant in 2014, but will lock the doors at the end of this month. Known for its $5 ramen nights and unpretentious Asian fare, Aya will cease to exist after May 31.
Announced on Instagram and Facebook, with a “feeling heartbroken” emoji, Aya urged loyal customers to drop by one last time.
The closure is partially due to a new project on the horizon. The Chu family is also well known for their line of frozen desserts, Cirsea. They told Charleston City Paper that after Cirsea took first place in the American leg of the Gelato World Tour, they are going to compete internationally. When the family gets back from the competition, they plans to open a Cirsea shop in downtown Charleston and expand the ice cream line to grocery stores.