Chinese Eatery to Reopen with New Menu, New Name

New restaurant, same owner: Ukai Sushi is scheduled to open within the next two months.

A shuttered Plainfield restaurant will get soon get new life, according to the owner.

Joyce Lee said the former , which opened in 2008 at 13610 S. Route 59, will reopen as full-service sushi and Chinese restaurant. 

Lee said Ukai Sushi & Chinese will open within the next 45 to 50 days.

Village Planner Michael Garrigan said Lee recently applied for new signage for the revamped eatery.

“It’s getting closer,” Garrigan said of the impending grand opening.

Lee is no stranger to Plainfield. Until 2007, she owned the Joyce Lee China Buffet at 15515 S. Division St. A remains open, Lee said. 

Lee said she decided to close her most recent Plainfield restaurant because it was tough to make a profit on a buffet. 

“Now, we’re trying to do a dine-in restaurant,” she said.

The new location will include a more health-conscious menu including sushi and smoothies, in addition to Chinese favorites, Lee said.

TC May 24, 2012 at 04:22 AM
A better business plan?? Do I suggest the owner give up?? Olddeefee, you are want to know if they will sell liquor? Shocking!! You also problably think that short sales and 99 weeks of unemployment are the way to go. Let the government and corporate America pick up the pieces, right?? The owner clearly wasnt capable the first time around , so whats going to change now?? Keep an eye on Will County court records.... If/when this business fails the bank will then have to file an eviction. Only time will tell.
Stacy June 20, 2012 at 06:09 PM
As someone who enjoys Chinese food and has been to many Chinese buffets, the food at Hope Buffet was awful!! I gave it 4 attempts to improve. I'm sure this new restaurant will also be terrible. so sad.
Kiyoshi July 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I agree that its not that the buffet business. I use to be a regular there. The food qaulity went down fast. Everything became salty because it was not fresh. Plus the guy that use to manage enthusiastically was suddenly gone. Time will tell on this new venture but I do not see alot of business at other chinese restaurants
Kiyoshi July 08, 2012 at 12:31 AM
My sentence ran short. I meant to say the buffet was fine when it first opened. I wish it success
MidwestGal July 08, 2012 at 01:00 AM
They used to own the buffet on rt59 by Renwick and also own an unsuccessful buffet in Yorkville. I can appreciate the hard work trying, but maybe they should retire. Good Chinese food uses high quality, natural ingredients - these msg filled scraps can't sell for longer than a few years. People's stomachs start to foreclose.


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