Sushi | Bar Hospitality executive Ryan Stock, alongside Executive Chef Ambrely Ouimette, are continuing to expand the Sushi | Bar omakase experience to Chicago, with an opening date of spring 2023. The omakase-style, speakeasy concept will be a 375-square-feet, within the soon-to-be-opened Lady May restaurant, a Garrett Hospitality concept.
“Making Chicago the home for our third Sushi | Bar feels like a natural progression in our expansion process,” said Ryan Stock, CEO of Adept Hospitality, the group behind Sushi | Bar. “One thing I always appreciated when living in Chicago for seven years was the dedication and thoughtfulness of the chef community. We share in that passion for what we do at Sushi | Bar. The dining experience is executed at the highest level, but fun in spirit and with each intimate seating guests leave feeling a sense of community. We can’t wait to bring that experience to River North, and its surrounding neighborhoods.”
Each evening, Sushi | Bar Chicago will welcome 30 guests total - 10 guests per seating - to a 17-course omakase experience prepared by Chef Ouimette. Ouimette’s resume includes captaining the teams at Matsuhisa Denver (Chef Nobu Matsuhisa) and Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar in San Diego (Chef Jason McLeod). At Sushi | Bar Chicago she will provide her interpretive take on the traditional sushi counter experience, preparing riffs on sushi classics with her house made accouterments like koshos, ferments, pickles, and salt-blends.
The menu at Sushi | Bar changes often, showcasing fresh fish sourced and flown in weekly via markets around the world, including Japan, Australia, and California. While the omakase menu shifts almost daily, Sushi | Bar Chicago will feature some of Ouimette’s signatures including Aged Bluefin Akami with dehydrated red miso and everything bagel spice; Hokkaido Scallop with white truffle salt, shaved black truffle and truffle caviar; and Kanpachi with pineapple, passionfruit, shishito vinaigrette and shaved coconut. Additional Chicago-exclusive dishes will be included in the chef-guided experience.
Sushi | Bar Chicago procured women-owned design studio Kuchar to bring the space to life. Warm woods, curved shelving, stacked tile and terrazzo flooring embraces a mid-century focus - a design departure from Sushi | Bar’s prior flagships. While classic elements, like upholstered panels and brass fixtures, bring an inherent-to-Chicago intimacy to the space. A green marble backdrop is the main focal point of the restaurant, placed behind the bar to highlight the art of sushi making.
“If traditional sushi is considered an art form, I want Sushi | Bar to be looked at as the Banksy of the industry – illustrious, impactful, and cutting edge,” said Ouimette. “I’m very much looking forward to tapping into Chicago’s thriving culinary scene and showcasing our omakase experience. While all Sushi | Bar concepts remain the same in ethos, we will celebrate their individualized nature by supporting local, and creating with the season.”
Nightly diners will be offered a selection of available drink pairings, including sake, cocktails, wine, and beer. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30-minutes before their designated seating for a a welcome cocktail to ease their way into Ouimette’s take on nigiri and other delicacies.
Sushi | Bar Chicago is located inside of Lady May at 405 N. Wabash Avenue in Chicago’s River North. Reservations will be available via Tock in spring, for bookings Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The three nightly seating-times are 5:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.; and 9:45 p.m. Reservations will be available for the following month launch on the first of the month and are available on a first come, first served basis.
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