LAKEVIEW — A sushi bar set to replace Five Guys on Broadway won't need servers to deliver its dishes — it has conveyer belts.
Sushi Plus Rotary Sushi Bar could open at 3219 N. Broadway, one block north of Belmont Avenue, as early as May, owner Jason Chooi said Thursday.
While his Aurora location lets customers select their sushi from a rotating conveyor belt, the Lakeview eatery will be a little different, Chooi said. Instead, diners will order food that is then delivered to tables on a conveyer belt from the kitchen.
The method of delivery is common in Japan, but is relatively new for Chicago, Chooi said.
Located near the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, the first Sushi Plus Rotary Sushi Bar opened in 2013. Its extensive menu features traditional sashimi and nigiri, which features slices of seared or raw fish on top of "fingers" of rice.
Gunkan, or "battleship sushi," is held together by a strip of seaweed, while there are also plenty of maki rolls that will look more familiar to the average sushi fan. Beginner rolls range from $2.50-$3.50 and include well-known varieties like the California roll, sweet potato maki, spicy salmon and Philadelphia roll.
Adventure rolls are pricier but more elaborate, ranging from a $3.50 Ocean 13 roll made with spicy crab, avocado, shrimp and red onion to the $13 Dragon on Fire roll made with shrimp tempura, salmon and spicy mayo and then baked.
But Sushi Plus has much more to offer, like fried shumai shrimp dumplings and stuffed jalapenos as appetizers. The Tokyo sandwich uses a tempura flake crust to house spicy crab meat and avocado.
Poke bowls, crispy tacos, oyster shooters and yakitori skewers make for some unique dishes. Ramen, udon and sushi pizzas are also offered.
Chooi said the Lakeview menu might be a little different than the one offered in Aurora. The restaurant will also have a full bar.
It's been five months since Five Guys Burgers and Fries closed its sole location in Lakeview. The burger joint opened at 3219 N. Broadway in April 2011, replacing half of Chicago Sweat Shop. UFC Gym occupies the southern end of the storefront.
Six locations remain in the city, including two in Lincoln Park and single restaurants in Hyde Park, Rogers Park, South Loop and West Loop. Most are near college campuses.