New sushi restaurant proposed in downtown Milwaukee

Same owner as Ninja Japanese Steakhouse in Menomonee Falls

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The owner of Ninja Japanese Steakhouse in Menomonee Falls plans to open a new sushi restaurant in downtown Milwaukee.

The concept, listed as Ninja MKE, would take over a 4,000-square-foot two-story building formerly home to Catch 22 bar and restaurant, located at 770 N. Milwaukee St, according a license application recently filed with the City of Milwaukee.

Other businesses have been proposed for the site since Catch 22 closed in 2015, but it has remained vacant.

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Ninja Japanese Steakhouse owner Lichai Chen is planning to renovate the space in time for a June 2020 opening, noting he is in the process of purchasing the property, according to the license application. Chen was not immediately available for comment.

Ninja MKE is described as a sushi-hibachi restaurant. It’s first floor would focus on sushi, housing a shared bar and sushi bar area, eight small tables and full kitchen. The second floor would focus on Hibachi with four hibachi stations, two hibachi rooms and a prep kitchen.

Ninja Japanese Steakhouse, located at N88 W15575 Main St in Menomonee Falls, specializes in sushi and hibachi. Chen opened that restaurant in 2013.

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