UPDATED: Arami opening soon
Now that things have cooled off from the World Cup, Small Bar co-owner Ty Fujimura and his brother Troy Fujimura have announced that their traditional Japanese restaurant, Arami, will soft-open Sunday, August 1 Saturday, July 31, in West Town. In the press release, Ty describes the concept as "traditional, non-Americanized Japanese comfort food," inspired by his childhood and his grandparents' Japanese store in Hawaii.
At the helm is chef/partner B.K. Park, an alum of Mirai, Aria and Meiji, who'll be serving appetizers, such as Sunomono salad (seafood sashimi over seaweed salad) and an Uni shooter (sea urchin, radish, chives), and preparing sashimi with hamachi, grilled salmon, spicy octopus and more. Park's menu goes beyond sushi, though, and I'm especially looking forward to the "Arami ramen," made with pork belly, raised beef, house pickles, kamaboko (fish cakes) and eggs.
The space, which the Fujimura brothers built out themselves, will open as a BYOB on Sunday, August 1, for dinner only. A cocktail-sake-beer-wine list is pending liquor license, and lunch service is in the works for mid-August.
Arami: 1829 W Chicago Ave (312-243-1535). Dinner 5pm–11pm (closed Monday).