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Logan Square Luxury Apartment Buildings Find Tenants: Small Grocery Store, All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Restaurant

South Loop Market is moving into the NoCa Blu building at 2342-48 N. California Ave., while Sushi Taku is coming to one of the MiCa Towers right around the corner.

Sushi Taku, which has an existing location at 1904 W. Division St., is opening a second location in one of the MiCa Towers.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Soon there will be two new spots to grab a bite to eat near the California Blue Line station.

South Loop Market is moving into the ground floor of the luxury apartment building at 2342-48 N. California Ave. called NoCa Blu, according to a sign affixed to the window.

Plans to open the grocery store in the building have been in the works since last fall when the owners applied to lift the alcohol moratorium on the block.

The new grocery store will be similar to South Loop Market’s six existing locations in that it will offer a variety of grab-and-go options like sandwiches and wraps and locally-sourced goods, plus an array of brand name products typically found at upscale grocery stores, according to information shared with a community group last fall.

Craft wine, beer and spirts will also be sold, according to the sign. Raymond Valadez, chief of staff for outgoing 1st Ward Ald. Joe Moreno, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the status of the alcohol moratorium.

Samir Kanan and his brother, Jamil, opened South Loop Market in 2009 when they grew frustrated with having to drive to grocery store chains, even when they only needed a few things.

Kanan in 2017 described the South Loop Market as a cross between a Whole Foods and a convenience store.

The owners did not respond to a request for further information.

The grocery store will be the luxury apartment building’s first tenant since opening last summer.

Around the corner from the new grocery store, an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant is preparing to open in one of the MiCa Towers along Milwaukee Avenue. It will be Sushi Taku’s second location.

Sushi Taku’s existing location at 1904 W. Division St. in Wicker Park has earned itself a solid reputation among locals and tourists alike for serving fresh fish at reasonable prices.

Signs for the Logan Square restaurant went up recently.

The owner didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

Milwaukee-based coffee shop Colectivo Coffee moved into the other tower last winter.

Credit: Mina Bloom/Block Club Chicago
South Loop Market is coming to the NoCa Blu building.