The owner of a pair of suburban sushi restaurants should soon opening a seafood boil spot in Wicker Park at the former Bob San/Harvest Moon space. A liquor license application has been filed for Boil Seafood at 1805 W. Division Street. Lately, there’s been construction in the space that’s been vacant since Harvest Moon abruptly closed in June 2017.
The restaurant will take a portion of the Harvest Moon space which developers have split. There’s plans to build a residential housing on the western portion of the space, according to city records.
Owner Huanhuan “Angela” Liang said she’s hoping to open at the end of August or early September. This would be her third restaurant. She’s the owner of Sushi Nova, a pair of suburban Japanese restaurants. She opened her first in January 2018 in Orland Park. A second in Westmont opened in April. Those suburban restaurants offer all-you-can-eat sushi. Liang said they’ll focus on seafood boils in Chicago and serve beer and wine.
The space is best known for Bob San, a sushi restaurant that closed in August 2015 after 15 years. It appears Asian food is returning to the space, the type popularized in Chicago by Angry Crab and Lowcountry. Harvest Moon, a lounge with creative pub fare, lasted 10 months.
The Angry Crab opened in March 2015 in West Rogers Park and ignited a seafood boil trend in Chicago. Ownership added a second location in 2016 in Wicker Park. It looks like seafood boils continue to endure. Just west of the Boil, a new restaurant called Spicy Fingers should soon open in West Town. It’s not quite ready yet.