WICKER PARK — Wicker Park's newest sushi restaurant, Sushi Taku, is opening Wednesday just east of the Damen Avenue and Division Street intersection and offering all-you-can-eat sushi for $24.
Located at 1904 W. Division St. in what was once a disco hall turned single-family home, Sushi Taku, (pronounced "tock-ooh"), is named for a city near Tokyo, Japan, its owner Tom Li said.
The menu offers 22 signature rolls such as a "green turtle roll" made with avocado and wasabi-topped white tuna, regular rolls (California, Philadelphia, etc.), sashimi, entrees, salads and desserts.
Li said the fire dragon roll and the spicy crispy tuna roll are two of his favorites, the latter because of a "spicy kick" caused by jalapeno. The spicy crispy tuna roll is drizzled with Ponzu sauce, which is like a sour, sweet and citrusy vinaigrette, he said.
The 80-seat restaurant is currently BYOB until a liquor license is received. A sidewalk patio is in the works for the summer.
"We started the build-out last August. It's definitely exciting to see it finally open. Our original plan was to be open a few months ago," Li said.
The Division Street outpost will be the fourth in Li's portfolio and first in the city, joining his suburban spots in Schaumburg ("Sake Sushi and Grill"), Orland Park ("Yucca," a Chinese restaurant) and Buffalo Grove ("Sushi Grove"). But the Wicker Park restaurant has no connection to the Michelin-starred restaurant that share its name in Japan.
Li, who lives in Bridgeport, previously said the focus of the restaurant will be creating a family-friendly environment rather than a bar or lounge vibe.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 773-252-8258.