Katana—the glitzy Hollywood celebrity hangout—should arrive in Chicago sometime in late summer. Kitchen equipment began arriving last week, according to a rep, as construction continues inside the former Bin 36 space at 339 N. Dearborn St. The LA-imported restaurant is part sceney club, sushi bar, and Japanese barbecue.
Parent company Innovative Dining Group provided some renderings of what the place will look like. Plans for the restaurant were first revealed back in September 2015, while news of IDG’s plans for two subsequent Chicago restaurants—BOA Steakhouse and Sushi Roku—in addition to Jason Chan at its helm, were revealed last spring.
Katana will occupy a large 13,000-square-foot space that can accommodate 299 people. A key component to the restaurant is robatayaki—also known as robata—the Japanese open-fire cooking that is already served at a few Chicago restaurants. IDG describes its cuisine as “Japanese comfort food.” The chain debuted in 2002 and also has locations in Las Vegas and Scottsdale, Ariz., as well as licensed spots in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Katana management is also looking to staff the place. They’ll host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 10 and 11 at the Hotel Chicago. For now, check out the images below to get a sense of what to expect.