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Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill Heads to Bigger Digs in Old La Fama Bakery

By Alisa Hauser | February 9, 2015 5:23pm
 Yuzu Sushi is moving into the former La Fama Bakery spot at 1751 W. Chicago Ave.
Yuzu Sushi is moving into the former La Fama Bakery spot at 1751 W. Chicago Ave.
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UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — A tiny and oft-packed family-run sushi joint will be opening on Thursday in a space twice as big and just a few doors west of its original spot, it owners announced Monday.

Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill, which opened in 2011 at 1715 W. Chicago Ave., will be closing on Tuesday and reopening just a few doors away, at 1751 W. Chicago Ave.

"We like Chicago Avenue and are in love with the neighborhood. The community is great," said Bua Bun, a spokeswoman for the eatery, which employs 30 people, including five chefs.

Chef Yut Wang, 47, runs the restaurant with Bun, his sister-in-law, as well as four other family members, all of whom permanently relocated from Rogers Park to Ukrainian Village to be closer to their business.

Wait times at Yuzu, which serves skewers, sushi and sashimi, can be as long as 45 minutes on a week night, according to diners.

From Friday through Sunday, Yuzu will be offering a seven-course Valentine's Day dinner with live acoustic music. Booked to near capacity, the dinner is no longer accepting reservations; however, walk-ins will be accepted in the event of cancelations, Bun said.

The new 2,500-square-foot storefront, in the recently shuttered La Fama Bakery building, is twice as big as the original location and can seat up to 70 people, as compared to 35, Bun said.

The move will be celebrated with new menu items such as Wagyu beef tartare and a new Japanese Manga panel art installation by Yuzu server Yenkai Huang, an art student at SAIC.

Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill, 1751 W. Chicago Ave. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-Thurs. with a 90-minute break/closure between 3-4:30 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. BYOB. Ph: 312-666-4100.

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