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The 23 Biggest Restaurant Closures in Chicago in 2016

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Say farewell to Itto Sushi and more of Chicago’s most-beloved restaurants

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Cantina 1910 was among the high-profile closures in 2016.
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After 34 years serving Japanese food in Lincoln Park, Juco and Keiko Hattori closed Itto Sushi in June. It was one of the oldest sushi restaurants in Chicago. The couple has since moved to Boise, Idaho to be near their daughter. Juco Hattori said he doesn’t miss running a restaurant, though he does miss a few of his loyal customers.

“We had many,” Hattori said.

Boise is one of the rare places colder than Chicago, but other than that, Hattori has settled into retirement. He still doesn’t have all his belongings from Chicago, though they’ve sold the Itto building. Condos will replace the restaurant.

Hattori noted how much more popular sushi is now than when Itto opened more than three decades ago. That popularity has shown in the diversity of ownership, as more and more non-native Japanese are serving sushi. That includes Thai, Korean and Chinese owners who also serve sushi alongside their native cuisines.

But if you’re looking for Hattori’s recommendation for a sushi restaurant, look elsewhere. Hattori remains confident that there’s no substitute for Itto. “Everyone asks me that,” he said. “I’ve been to other restaurants, but there’s just a difference between them and my restaurant.”

Itto is among the biggest shutters of the year. Check out the rest of Eater Chicago’s picks for biggest 2016 restaurant closures below.

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Perennial

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Cape Cod Room

140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 787-2200 Visit Website

Bunny The Micro Bakery

2928 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657 Visit Website

Maxim's Restaurant

20 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 236-7717

Naples Bakery

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Packed

1321 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637 (312) 219-6544 Visit Website

Itto Sushi

2616 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 871-1800 Visit Website

Rose Angelis

1314 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 296-0081 Visit Website

Bull & Bear

431 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 527-5973 Visit Website

Belly Shack

1912 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 773 252 1414

The Parthenon

314 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661 (312) 726-2407 Visit Website

Salpicón

1252 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 988-7811 Visit Website

Embeya

564 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661

Justin's

3358 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 929-4844 Visit Website

Analogue

19 West 8th Street, Manhattan, NY 10011 (212) 432-0200 Visit Website

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