WICKER PARK — Bob San was slinging high-quality sushi before there were sushi bars on every street corner. Now, they're saying goodbye to the Wicker Park storefront they've called home for 15 years and plan to sell the 8,000-square-foot building to new owners.
Bob San, 1805 W. Division St., announced on their Facebook page Wednesday that they'd be closing up shop Aug. 2 "to make way for a new business."
Alex Bee, a spokesman for Bob San, said on Wednesday that the building is being sold to new owners.
Broker Nikki Dumas from Dumas and Associates said a buyer has the property, listed for $3.6 million, under contract.
Dumas and Bee declined to further details on the pending sale, citing the fact it's not fully closed yet.
"It is with a very heavy heart we have to say goodbye. We have to move on and try new ventures. The area has changed so much it is hard to maintain our style of business in that area," Bee said.
The owners, who also run Sushi Naniwa at 607 N. Wells St., told sad customers they'd expand that delivery zone to include Wicker Park:
Fans of the sushi (and karaoke) spot responded to the Facebook post with understandable devastation.
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO," one fan wrote.
"It's been a great run. Gonna miss you," wrote another.
Fans of Bob San's amazing pan fried scallops can rest easy: They're on the menu at Sushi Naniwa.
Bob San is owned by Bob Bee, who goes by the name "Mr. Bob."
Not all of the Bon San employees know yet about the impending closure and were not aware until Wednesday that the restaurant's Facebook post had been published on Eater.com.
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