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East Will Take Over the My Thai Space Next Month

The Hot Woks Cool Sushi team has the new restaurant all planned out—casual, healthy spins on sushi, ramen, and stir fry.

Sushi at East   photo: Saipin Sekson

And lo, East (8 E. Van Buren St., 312-986-0999) will rise in the Loop. The owners of Hot Woks Cool Sushi bought the space housing My Thai, and they plan a casual, 130-seat Asian restaurant serving sushi, stir-fry, and ramen.

East will lean healthy, with touches such as toasted flaxseed in some rolls, and gluten-free options, including no-flour tempura and no-wheat soy sauce. “It’s easy to cook vegetarian and it’s easy to cook gluten-free. It’s not easy to make it taste good,” says Lois Lee, who owns the restaurant group with her husband, David.

My Thai will close at 3 p.m. today, and the Lees hope to go East in early January, after a renovation to rustic-modern decor. Sounds like they know what direction this place will take.

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