Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is the result of years of traveling and research and dreaming and eating around the world have led to the creation of a neighborhood restaurant concept that unites Japanese culinary tradition with a distinctly American persona. Embracing American warmth and character with classic cultural touch points such as graffiti art while juxtaposing them with the high art and ritual of Japanese cuisine, reveals a restaurant that is warm, stylish and a unique culinary adventure. A true riff on what is expected or traditional – East or West. Follow our journey and see where it all began at mikeandchaochow.com
Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Mike matriculated at Indiana University, before a number of corporate positions in both New York and Chicago. After spending a number of years traveling the world for both business and pleasure, Mike developed a strong passion for hospitality while working with a number of Global Travel + Entertainment Clients as the Director of Travel at Visa. Japanese cuisine has always been a favorite for Mike in every city or country that he traveled to. He decided to pursue his dream of creating Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar through a partnership with Chef Chao. Mike is a certified Sake Sommelier and opened Union in May, 2011 after conducting extensive research and travel all over the world.
Born in Thailand, Chef Chao is the personification of our multi-cultural bent. With over 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry in both Seattle and Chicago, Chef Chao previously presided as the Executive Chef at Sushi Wabi before setting out on his own to create Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar. Chef Chao is known for his creativity and playful approach to Japanese-influenced cuisine which results in a variety of flavorful dishes from the Kitchen, Sushi Bar and Robata Grill.