Call Hungry Buddha's listed number, or knock on its Washington Avenue storefront door, and you'll receive the same cryptic message: The Buddha is in "deep meditation" until the spring. Owner/chef Blake Brokaw (who also runs perennial hipster fave Tangerine, next door) did not return phone calls, but the common theory on what caused the closure isn't surprising: short hours, no liquor and the year-plus Washington Avenue streetscape project. The Jade Room has more solid plans for its second coming; it's slated to reopen February 1, with new afternoon hours and a new 3 a.m. liquor license. (Previously the Jade Room served sushi until 3 a.m. but stopped pouring booze at 1:30 a.m.) Manager Tu Tran also promises an expanded martini menu, the debut of bubble tea, an improved sound system and free Internet access (before, Web-surfing ran 11 cents a minute). What's still uncertain, though, is whether sushi chef Scottie Pokres will return. Rumor has it he pulled a "Take this job and shove it" right before Christmas.
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