Arami Owner Plans New Bottle Shop Cafe for Lincoln Square
Meanwhile, chef behind Michelin-starred Entente is a new gig
by Ashok Selvam / Eater Chicago / August 26, 2021
Restaurant owner Ty Fujimura has been sorting out the future of his venues during the pandemic. Fujimura owns Arami, one of the city’s most respected sushi restaurants. He’s also behind Entente, the Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant that’s been closed for more than a year in River North. Then there’s Small Bar, a divey craft-beer and grill in Logan Square.
Fujimura isn’t ready to announce Entente’s closure; there seems to be some legal red tape involved. The lack of a formal declaration posed a dilemma for Michelin inspectors who kept the restaurant on its list of starred restaurants even though Entente hasn’t served a meal since 2020.
Another layer is the announcement that Entente chef Brian Fisher has a new gig. Fisher is now the culinary director for Seoul Taco, the seven-location chain that started in St. Louis and expanded to Chicago with a River North location. Owner David Choi has added locations in Hyde Park and suburban Naperville. Fisher is expected to help Choi expand as the fast-casual Korean-Mexican chain supposedly has its eyes set on New York and other markets. Read more HERE