LAKEVIEW — The man behind Nori Sushi is opening an Asian street food restaurant in the former Curried space on Clark.
Four Belly Asian Street Food is set to open next week at 3227 N. Clark St., near Belmont, said Tony Kammaty, owner of the restaurant and three Nori Neighborhood Sushi Bar locations.
Kammaty was traveling last year through Asia — Thailand, Myanmar, Japan and China — and was inspired by the street food in those countries, he said. Chefs would dole out meals in carts, and he wanted to mimic the food here in Chicago.
Diners will be able to see cooks prepare small plates in the restaurant's open-air kitchen, just as diners can see their food prepared on the streets of Asia.
"I want to bring something fun," he said.
The space on Clark near Belmont formerly housed the brick-and-mortar version of the Curried food truck.
Four Belly will be Kammaty's second restaurant in Lakeview. Nori's original location is in the neighborhood at 954 W. Diversey Ave. Nori then opened in Wicker Park, 1393 N. Milwaukee Ave., and in Edgewater, 1235 W. Devon Ave.
The new restaurant will offer snacks, salads, noodles and robata grill foods, according to its website.
Already, Four Belly's Facebook page has posted pictures of its garlic and pepper frog legs, spicy edamame and firecrackers salad, a dish with shrimp wrapped in crispy noodles over mixed greens, topped with honey wasabi mayo.
Kammaty hopes to open the doors on Monday.