February 2013 — Plum Market, Old Town’s neighborhood connection to natural, organic, local and specialty items, is proud to announce a partnership with Chef Takashi Yagihashi, who will oversee the new store’s sushi station.
In addition to full-service grocery accommodations, Plum Market features a vast eat-in and carryout assortment of foods made fresh daily in a designated area of the store known as Plum Kitchen. “Tabo Sushi by Takashi” will make an exciting addition to the store’s offerings, featuring made to order restaurant-caliber cuisine and a variety of sushi rolls and maki, that are perfect for health-conscious foodies on-the-go. “Tabo” comes from a nickname Takashi had as a “turbo-charged” child.
“We’re very excited to begin working with Plum Market Old Town Chicago upon their opening this June,” said Chef Takashi Yagihashi of Takashi and Slurping Turtle. “Our house-made sushi will be the perfect choice for locals looking for high-quality, natural and organic offerings in their neighborhood.”
Chef Yagihashi adds Plum Market to an impressive culinary career. His experiences have brought him from Japan to Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and ultimately back to Chicago where he opened Bucktown’s Takashi, Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi, and River North’s Slurping Turtle. Chef Yagihashi has been recognized by the esteemed James Beard Foundation as well as Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Esquire and has received numerous awards including “Best Chef: Midwest,” a three-time Michelin star recipient including the recent 2013 honor for Takashi and a Michelin Bib Gourmet Award for Slurping Turtle. He also competed on Bravo Top Chef Masters and won the “Fan Favorite” award.
Plum Market is located at 1233 N. Wells St. at Division in Old Town. The new 27,000 square foot store opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with daily hours from 8:00am to 10:00pm. Guests have access to free parking on the second level (validation required).
About Plum Market
Plum Market offers a full-service shopping experience to inspire guests to live well, with taste. The company is a privately owned company based in Farmington Hills, Michigan and has full-service grocery stores in Bloomfield Township, Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and West Bloomfield, Michigan. Matthew Jonna and Marc Jonna are third generation retailers who grew up working for their father’s store, Merchant of Vino Marketplace, a natural, organic, and specialty food and wine store with six locations across the Midwest. The chain attracted significant attention from competitors and in 1998 Whole Foods Market acquired the company. Both Jonna’s continued to work with the Whole Foods Market executive leadership team. Matt and Marc left Whole Foods Market to pursue developing a new grocery concept, later to become Plum Market with the first store location opening in 2007.
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