SOUTH LOOP — The newest addition to the restaurant-heavy intersection of 13th Street and Wabash Avenue could open as early as late November, Asian Outpost owner Lois Lee said.
It's Lee and her husband David's first diversion from their Hot Woks, Cool Sushi restaurants, which have four locations citywide, including a spot in the Willis Tower.
The menu will feature modern twists on classic Chinese dishes from the famous Cantonese Chef restaurant in Chinatown, which Lee's father, Paul Fong, ran for decades.
Samples include sweet and savory Chinese barbecue baby back ribs, garlic ginger Chinese fried chicken, fried basil sushi and smoked salmon bacon maki.
The restaurant's "rustic" interior, furnished with antiques from Old Temple Chicago, includes a large bar that will stock nearly 15 imported Asian beers and have Momokawa organic sake on tap.
"We go to all these restaurants here; that's why this is gonna be kind of fun," said Lee, a South Loop resident, of opening their first restaurant in their own neighborhood. "You've got pizza, you've got a pub, you've got Hispanic, you've got Italian. I mean, you've covered the world right here on this corner. I'm looking forward to being a part of it."