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Beloved Sushi Institution Katsu Is Closing In November

By Stephen Gossett in Food on Sep 29, 2017 8:50PM

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Chicago's sushi scene is about to take a tough blow. Katsu, which has been serving up celebrated sushi and other Japanese food for 29 years, will close in late November.

The cozy West Rogers Park outpost (2651 W. Peterson Ave.) famously beat out the vaunted likes of Alinea, Vie, Next and Ruxbin in 2013 to earn the No. 1 position for the "Top Food" category in Zagat's dining survey, and has remained a favored destination for its incredibly fresh fish, impeccable presentation, intimate lack of pretense and—of course—the hyper-authentic craft of chef Katsu Imamura.

Katsu and his wife and co-operator, Haruko, will close the restaurant on Nov. 26. The chef, 74, plans to retire after, according to Chicago magazine, who first reported the story.

We know we bring up this year's unsettling trend of closures whenever bad news like this arrives, but the loss of Katsu will indeed be felt deep and wide. Do what you can to find a table before Nov. 26.


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