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Lettuce Entertain You's Sushi Spot Inside Intro Presses Forward Without Juno Pair

The intimate restaurant should soon open in Lincoln Park.

LEYE will open a sushi spot inside Intro Chicago.
LEYE will open a sushi spot inside Intro Chicago.
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The sushi dream team that paired Juno's B.K. Park and former partner Jason Chan with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is no more—but the restaurant is still happening. LEYE is moving forward with their sushi spot inside the former L20's private dining room, without the duo. Nishiguchi —or a similar restaurant with a new name— is primed to open soon within LEYE's Intro Chicago.

Crain's first reported the news of the shuffle. Chan left Juno over the summer, taking a job with LEYE to enter an executive training program. That left chef Park to run Juno, which underwent a facelift in September.

LEYE has a new sushi chef in place, but have yet to share his name. The Nishiguchi name may not survive either. The restaurant's once live website now takes surfers to Intro's website and the restaurant's Facebook page hasn't been updated since the spring, when the restaurant was first supposed to open. The delay pushed Nishiguchi to Eater Chicago's most-anticipated openings of last summer.

The small space inside Intro seats about 45 and includes a sushi bar. LEYE was initially set to use Nick Kokonas' Tock system. It's unclear if that's still the case as Intro's no longer using the reservation system. This story will be updated if more info is released.

Naoki Sushi

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 868-0002 Visit Website

Intro Chicago

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 868-0002