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Sushi Taku, New 4-Bedroom Apartments Coming To Former State Restaurant Space In Lincoln Park

Mavrek Development is redeveloping the former State Restaurant into a "unique" building with apartments and all-you-can-eat sushi.

A rendering shows Mavrek Development's plans for a three-story, mixed-use building at 935 W. Webster Ave.
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LINCOLN PARK — A building with four-bedroom apartments and an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant is replacing the old State Restaurant in Lincoln Park.

Mavrek Development bought the property, 935 W. Webster Ave., in January and started construction last week to redevelop it into a three-story building with four apartments, CEO Adam Friedberg said. The project is a partnership between Mavrek and GW Properties.

The ground floor has a lobby and two retail spaces, while the apartments will take up the top two floors, Friedberg said.

The larger, 4,000-square-foot retail space has already been leased to Sushi Taku, an all-you-can-eat restaurant with locations in Wicker Park and Logan Square, Friedberg said.

“It’s the best all-you-can-eat sushi place in Chicago,” Friedberg said. “I’ve gone to their other locations and waited in line for, like, two hours to get in there before, so I’m really excited.”

The corner retail space is 3,500 square feet, Friedberg said. He’s still in discussions with interested business owners.

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The development at 935 W. Webster Ave. has room for two ground-floor retail spaces.

The retail spaces are expected to open in June, Friedberg said. The apartments should be ready by August — just in time for any students at nearby DePaul University who might be interested in moving in.

“Our plan for the building is for it to effectively be an amenity to DePaul,” Friedberg said. “We knew it was a great retail location, so we’re making sure to program retail uses that DePaul students would appreciate.”

Each apartment will be spread across the second and third floors of the building, Friedberg said. Each also will have two bedrooms on the second floor and another two on the third floor that overlook the space.

“That’s what allows us to have these really cool living rooms with 20-foot-high ceilings,” Friedberg said. “They’re really unique apartments.”

Each apartment will be finished with hardwood floors and high-end appliances, Friedberg said.

The building also has three enclosed, heated garage parking spaces and about 20 bicycle parking spots, Friedberg said.

The site is also less than a half-mile from the Fullerton and Armitage stations.

“It’s a surprise to me that this location had sat vacant for so long,” Friedberg said. “We’re right across from Homeslice, which has been a staple. McGee’s is right there. It’s close to DePaul and the trains.”

State Restaurant closed in 2019, Eater reported. The building has sat vacant since then, Friedberg said.

Mavrek Development is usually known for its large-scale projects, Friedberg said. The firm has a 248-unit high-rise in Streeterville, is working on a 60-unit building in Uptown and just bought a property in the West Loop.

“We’re fairly active on some larger-scale stuff, and this is the smallest project we’ve done in a long time,” Friedberg said. “We just had a lot of passion and interested in this boutique building.”

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