LOGAN SQUARE — A Japanese restaurant where guests will have the option of grilling meats at their table is set to open in Logan Square this summer.
Ryuu Asian BBQ will feature a menu of Japanese yakiniku, meats and veggies to be grilled at the table, as well as shabu shabu, a hotpot dish where guests can cook their meats in a broth at the table.
The menu at Ryuu Asian BBQ will also feature a limited selection of sushi.
"This is a brand new concept for us. We wanted to do something completely different for this neighborhood as well," said David Condon, who is opening the restaurant with his wife Anna and mother-in-law, who are running the kitchen.
Condon has a number of other Asian restaurants throughout Chicago including Thalia Spice Asian Bistro & Bar in River West and Anna's Asian Grill and Sushi Bar in Ravenswood.
Condon described the restaurant's grilling setup as being similar to Korean BBQ, but guests will have the option of having the meats cooked at the table or to cook the meat themselves.
The restaurant, 2766 N. Milwaukee Ave., will have 18 draft handles of rotating beers from local breweries and a selection of wines.
"It’s a new location for us and a new building. We wanted to do something really nice and unique and different," Condon said.
Condon previously operated Anna's Asian Bistro in the West Loop, but was forced to close the restaurant in October of 2014 due to issues with the landlord.
He opened that restaurant in 2011 during the early stages of what has become a restaurant boom in the West Loop.
Condon said he views Logan Square in 2016 in a similar light as the West Loop in 2011.
"We went into the West Loop when it was kind of similar to this, maybe a little before," he said. "Unfortunately we didn’t have a great landlord. This situation we have a great landlord and we are really excited to be in this neighborhood.”
Ryuu Asian BBQ is set to open this summer.
"Since we got kicked out of the West Loop we’ve been looking to get back into a great location and we’ve been looking at Logan Square for a while," Condon said.
The restaurant is the latest business moving into a block that has been booming this year in the former Goldblatt's building near the intersection of Milwaukee and Diversey.
Other businesses that have opened or will open in the building this year include Hopewell Brewing Co., Unanimous Boxing Gym, Chiya Chai Cafe and Pinot's Palette.
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