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Nazka Wok Closes, Owner Permanently Pulls Plug On Peruvian Restaurant

By Patty Wetli | September 12, 2017 9:07am
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Citing "difficult family circumstances," Eni Cadena has closed Nazka after reconcepting from Via Lima.
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NORTH CENTER — Less than two months after celebrating the opening of Nazka Peruvian Wok, owner Eni Cadena is pulling the plug on the fast-casual restaurant.

"It is with great sadness that I have decided to close the business due to unforeseen and very difficult family circumstances," Cadena told DNAinfo via email.

"Me heart is grateful for everyone's unsurpassed support, and it is torn for having to make this difficult decision," she said.

Nazka opened in late July at 4024 N. Lincoln Ave., replacing Cadena's previous enterprise, the more upscale Via Lima.

In 2015 and 2016, Via Lima was awarded a Bib Gourmand from Michelin, an honor bestowed on restaurants that provide good value for the money.

In May 2017, Cadena unexpectedly closed Via Lima just shy of its second anniversary and announced Nazka shortly thereafter.

Cadena, who purchased the Lincoln Avenue building in 2011, originally intended to operate a gift shop in what had been a dollar store. She switched concepts after a visit to her native Peru and embarked on a journey to establish a Peruvian restaurant.

Via Lima's cuisine — representative of the European, Asian and African influences on Peruvian cooking — immediately earned praise.

"It has truly been a privilege to have been able to work at North Center," Cadena said.

Nazka had been scheduled as a stop on Wednesday's North Center RestauranTour but will no longer be taking part in the event. Cadena said she has posted a notice of the closing on the restaurant's front door.