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Fancy West Loop Japanese Restaurant Unveils Casual Patio With To-Go Cocktails

Yugen’s is taking a relaxed approach

Five adult Capri Suns.
To-go cocktails are part of the new Yugen offerings.
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Michelin-starred Yugen has pivoted with a new patio space and casual offerings. The patio debuted earlier this month, as chef Mari Katsumura and company embark on a new chapter along Randolph Restaurant Row. Yugen still serves an eight-course tasting menu, but there’s also grab-and-go sandwiches and more from Kaisho.

Customers can still indulge with a $190 tasting menu, with an optional $125 beverage pairing. But there’s also yakitori, burgers, deep-fried pork cutlet sandwiches, and sorbet. Yugen’s interior, the same interior that house Grace, is a much more formal setting versus the tiki-influenced space outside. Katsumura wants diners to have more fun.

The front lounge is now reminiscent of a fancy Pret-a-Manger, where customers can find crustless Japanese sandwiches like egg salad, and ham and cheese. There’s also build-your-own ramen or dry noodle options. Those plastic bags filled with cocktails that have become increasingly popular during the pandemic are also available. Take a tour through the space below.

An outdoor patio with umbrellas.
Yugen’s new patio space.
The lounge now has a fridge.
Egg salad, ham and cheese, and more.
A cold beverage sounds great.
Mari Katsumura knows her desserts.
Quite a spread.
Tonkatsu sandwiches.


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