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New sushi, hibachi restaurant to open Friday in Algonquin

Japanese eatery to occupy former Famous Dave’s building across from Commons

Famous Dave's, 1521 S. Randall Road, Algonquin, closed in 2017.
Famous Dave's, 1521 S. Randall Road, Algonquin, closed in 2017.

A new hibachi and sushi restaurant will open this week in Algonquin.

Mike Ham on Friday is opening Sapporo Tanoshii, “Happy Village” in Japanese, at 1521 S. Randall Road, according to a news release from the restaurant.

“Sushi Mike is bringing his culinary expertise and direction to Algonquin with his first Japanese hibachi restaurant, Sapporo Tanoshii,” the release stated.

The menu will include sushi, hibachi, kitchen appetizers, kitchen entrees and cocktails. The restaurant also boasts a private dining room.

When ordering hibachi, the meal will include soup, salad, a hibachi shrimp appetizer, vegetables, fried rice or steamed rice and a main course, according to the release.

Single entrees with individual choices of chicken, calamari, shrimp, scallops, salmon, steak, filet mignon and lobster tail range from $20 to $35. Combination entrees range from $30 to $69.

Opening weekend hours are 5 to 10:30 p.m. for dinner Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10:30 p.m. for dinner Saturday; and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Ham began crafting sushi in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1994 while working as an accountant, according to the release. While on a long-term project in Florida, Ham became a regular at a local sushi restaurant and “was amazed by the chef.” He eventually quit his accounting job and began to study with the chef. Ham then traveled across the country with his mentor before working in New York and later Chicago.

There are two Tanoshii Sushi locations in Chicago.

“In Chicago, Mike worked for a few years before launching Tanoshii Sushi in Andersonville in 2004. Fans of his unique approach to food are dazzled by his ability to take simple ingredient suggestions and create a masterpiece that can (and should) be enjoyed without soy sauce, wasabi or ginger,” according to the release.

The 160-seat restaurant in Algonquin will occupy the former Famous Dave’s barbecue restaurant. Famous Dave’s closed in 2017 after nine years in the barbecue-slinging business. The space is 6,500 square feet. The franchise opened in 2008 across from the Algonquin Commons.

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