Two years after taking over the space next door, the folks behind Wasabi, one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Chicago, are preparing to unleash a new relocated version of it on the eaters in Logan Square. The restaurant, which has been BYO since it opened at 2115 N. Milwaukee Ave. more than six years ago, will focus on ramen and small plates — and include a full bar — when it begins a soft opening phase in the next-door space on May 9, owner Satoko Takeyama says. The original space will turn into Wasabi Sushi & Robata, which will focus on an updated sushi and kitchen menu while remaining BYO.
The original version of the restaurant, which also expanded to Fulton Market more than two years ago with Ramen Takeya, regularly draws long waits and lines for its ramen and other dishes at its original Logan Square location. The expansion should mitigate those waits as well as satisfy customers’ desires for in-house cocktails, sake, beer, wine and whiskey, while also continuing to offer a BYO option next door.
Takeyama and her staff are still finalizing the menu for the new Wasabi at 2101 N. Milwaukee Ave., but expect three ramens (hakata classic tonkotsu, spicy hakata, tsukemen) as well as a gyudon beef bowl and other small plates to be available on a preview menu during the soft opening period while it begins to move starting next week. Takeyama expects it to be fully operational two to three weeks after that. Wasabi Sushi & Robata will serve “Japanese street food-inspired small plates” including skewers as well as more vegan options in addition to sushi, Takeyama says.
More details to come soon.