SPECIAL COVERAGE ON THE CORONAVIRUS
Asian Fusion Restaurant SAPA Closing On September 5th
By Kristen Arute, Posted: September 1, 2020
The pandemic has taken its toll on many businesses, and SAPA is just one of many local restaurants that has been crippled by the restrictions. The upscale Asian Fusion restaurant in the Hingham Shipyard will close its doors after being in operation for only two years. “Owning and operating SAPA has been a labor of love,” said Lesa Tu, who owns SAPA with her husband Michael Truong and their business partner Wind Zhang. “We are so thankful for and humbled by the support we have received during these incredibly difficult times.”
Lesa and Michael both grew up in Vietnam and met after immigrating to the United States in the 1970s. They have run several successful businesses and came out of semi-retirement to open SAPA in December of 2018. They named the restaurant after the sprawling mountain town of Sa Pa in Northwest Vietnam, and their menu combines traditional dishes and flavors from all over Asia to create a unique "fusion dining" experience.
Patrons like Hingham resident Mark Rulli are disappointed by the news. “It is a shame to see a great establishment like SAPA closing,” said Rulli. "SAPA has always been a place for my family to enjoy a relaxing night out.” Safety regulations forced SAPA to reduce its dining capacity by more than 55%, and the bar, hibachi dining experience and VIP sushi bar have not been able to reopen.
“The community has been the backbone of our success, and we invite you to dine with us this week and say goodbye to your SAPA family,” said an emotional Lesa. “Please join us to say goodbye.”