Since 13-year-old Hana Cafe moved from 306 N. Rock Road to Old Town four years ago, business has tripled says Eunice Kim, who owns the business with her husband, Jay.
During that time, the popularity of sushi, which is only part of what Hana sells, seems to have grown.
“Every single table has sushi,” Eunice Kim says.
Old Town is attracting more diners as well.
Now, the Kims want to capitalize on the sushi craze and the trend of young people who enjoy partying with music, sushi and sake in the evenings.
The Kims plan to completely remodel their 1,500 square feet and the similarly sized frame shop, which will close at the end of June.
Hana will remain open in its current space while the frame shop space is remodeled. Then, the restaurant will move to the remodeled side while the original restaurant space is remodeled.
The Kims plan a sushi bar with about 10 seats, a sake bar with a range of sake and other drinks, and a stage for live music.
Remodeling won’t start until August. It will take about two months or so to complete, Eunice Kim says.
Once that happens, she plans to adjust Hana’s hours for a later crowd.
“We have a lot of young people come down here,” Kim says.
Concerts at nearby Intrust Bank Arena bring a later crowd as well, she says.
Kim is still considering a sushi bar at WaterWalk, but those plans are on hold for now.
“I have to wait a little bit,” she says. “You never know. Maybe someday.”