New sushi restaurant and bar, NaNa Asian Fusion, will join the ever-growing and revitalized Shorewood business district, when it open its doors Wednesday morning.
Owner Nick Zheng says Wednesday will be sort a pre-opening, meaning the bar won’t be open and a few items on the menu won't be available. They'll open at 4511 N. Oakland Ave, down the street from and and across from .
"The bars isn't going to be open yet; the sushi bar will be open," he said. "And I'll say we'll have 90 percent of food on the menu ready."
He added his wait staff is still learning the ins and outs of the restaurant too, with training starting Wednesday. Everything should be fully up and running by next week, Zheng said.
NaNa will serve sushi of course, but features an Asian menu with Japanese and Thailand influences. The store hours 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Zheng said he's excited to open tomorrow after months of hard work with renovations. Along with his cousin Ka Bo Wong, they have done a lot of the grunt work themselves, knocking down walls and working with architects on designs.
"We did all of the construction ourselves; we designed this whole restaurant ourselves," he said.
NaNa's had to work through a to be able to open with a full liquor bar.
“It was a real headache,” he said.
Zheng was born in Hong Kong, and moved to the U.S. when he was 8, relocating frequently as his parents opened restaurants in popular vacation areas. He moved to Shorewood in 2006, before studying business management at Penn State and moving to New York and helping out in his family’s restaurants.
Zheng moved back to the North Shore about six months ago, with the intention of opening his own restaurant.
Some of the chefs in his family’s New York restaurants uprooted and moved the area as well, to work at NaNa.
Zheng and Wong are the third generation of restaurant owners in their family. Their relatives have opened various types of Asian fusion restaurants in New York, California and Florida.
Some of the most popular of their family’s restaurants are of a chain called Wild Ginger, Zheng said
The building, including apartments, an Alterra and Thief Wine, opened early this year. Cornerstone developer WiRED Properties has broken ground on a new four-story development with four new shops coined the .