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SUSHI AND ART COLLIDE FOR ITADAKU IN CORKTOWN

SUSHI AND ART COLLIDE FOR ITADAKU IN CORKTOWN

ITADAKU, Chef Mike Han’s collision of food and art, is set to open before the year is over on Trumbull Avenue…and we could not be more excited.

Itadaku is a Japanese word that means “to enjoy [food and life] with gratitude.” Han was inspired by the origins of sushi, sustainability and making an impact.

The restaurant will feature Daku Maki (large format hand rolls), salads and rice bowls along
with traditionally made nigiri and sashimi.

ITADAKU’s mission is to make delicious sustainable sushi accessible to all, with the bigger picture of positively impacting people and our planet by cultivating grateful hearts.

Han was born in Ann Arbor and lived in Corktown and Cass Park before moving to Chicago. He’s now back in the city, bringing a whole lot of experience with him. Han was a former Head Sushi Chef of Roka Akor in River North Chicago, a Michelin recommended restaurant (the place also ranked as one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the US by Bon Appetit Magazine). The talented chef has also worked under Master Sushi Chef Katsu Uechi, one of four Master Sushi Chefs in LA, at his restaurants Katsuya by Starck, and Katsu-ya, a perennial Top 10 Restaurant in SoCal rated by Zagat.

“I was drawn to this historic building in Corktown, which has incredible architectural details and a grand entrance,” Han said of the 1701 Trumbull Ave. spot where ITADAKU will open their doors.

The year 1701 was when Detroit was founded, and Han finds the address and timestamp incredibly meaningful to his mission of creating something special in Detroit that will grow and provide people around the country with access to sustainable sushi. Which, by the way, sustainable sushi is really only seen in small pockets of the east and west coast.

“Having a scaleable concept born in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, with the address reflecting the city’s founding would be pretty amazing,” Han said.

The space is cozy, Han said, and is 616 square feet with one-third of the space being allocated for the kitchen.

“It will be minimalistic to really let the food and art shine,” Han said.

Han is also an artist who goes by the name Icon and has painted murals for Vitaminwater, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy on the Dequindre Cut, the Woodward Windows Project, Derrick May’s Transmat Gallery and more. His artwork has been shown throughout metro Detroit in addition to Seoul, South Korea, and has even had his art purchased for use in a feature film by Paramount Pictures.

Start following ITADAKU on Facebook for further notices on their opening dates!

Photo Credit: Andrew Shields