Sakanaya is a Japanese restaurant in Campustown that offers something different from the many fast-food options.
Owner Jin Park said he had long wanted to open a restaurant in Champaign when he met Tommy Lim, who is now Sakanaya’s chef. The two opened the higher-end sushi and ramen restaurant in November 2013.
“Everything is cafeteria-style (in Campustown),” Park said. “I wanted to give a better dining experience to students.”
The appearance of the restaurant at 403 E. Green St. stands out as well, with a wood-paneled exterior and a modern industrial feel inside.