|The Hump/photo: discoverlosangeles.com|
The restaurant closed in 2010 after all of this came to light and promises were made on the website: "The Hump hopes that by closing its doors, it will help bring awareness to the detrimental effect that illegal whaling has on the preservation of our ocean ecosystems and species. Closing the restaurant is a self-imposed punishment on top of the fine that will be meted out by the court. The Owner of The Hump also will be taking additional action to save endangered species." We're not sure if any of that came true, but Eater reminds us that Yamamoto went on to open an "ultra-exclusive omakase restaurant" in Palms called Yamakase after The Hump shuttered. No reports of whale meat sashimi there, but this latest turn of events could put the fate of the restaurant in jeopardy.