Remember when fans could find sushi restaurants in Wrigleyville? Eddie Chueng hears about the demand for sushi while cutting hair at Orbit Salon on Clark Street, and he and his team of investors want to fill that void. In October, they hope to open a restaurant serving sushi, as well as a selection of Mexican, Korean and Peruvian items.
The casual restaurant would share the space with the salon at 3481 N. Clark St. They're still working out the name, and so far are going with some form of No La, which stands for North Lakeview. It would seat about 80 with a sushi bar and a liquor bar inside.
The area surrounding Wrigley Field is a hive for sports bars, and Cheung wants to provide something different: "We want to be all four seasons, not just baseball season," he said.
Chueng describes the cuisine as upscale bar food that will take dining more seriously than most Wrigleyville establishments. His family worked at restaurants years ago in Indiana, so the food business isn't unfamiliar. Look for those popular Korean beef short rib (kalbi) tacos on the menu.
Clients remind Cheung of a time where sushi restaurants were familiar sites near Clark and Addison. He remembers five that have closed in recent years, lost in a sea of sports fans and domestic beers. The climate is changing on Clark Street with a winning baseball team and different spending habits. Cheung and his investors want to be ready, adding Orbit would like to stay open in the future, but he's not sure of the economic conditions.