New 70s-themed sushi restaurant planned for North Loop

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August 12, 2014 // UPDATED 11:16 am - August 13, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
An artist's rendition of Shag
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Ben Johnson

A new ‘70s-themed sushi restaurant by the founder of restaurant chains Ling and Louie’s, Kona Grill and Rojo Mexican Grill is planned to go in next to Borough and Parlour at 730 Washington Ave. N.

The new restaurant, called Shag, is part of a homecoming of sorts for owner Michael McDermott. He spent part of his childhood in Minnesota before moving to Arizona, where he began his restaurant empire.

The first Ling and Louie’s in Minnesota will open Sept. 2 at 921 Nicollet Mall and McDermott said he’s looking at building a steakhouse off of I-394 in St. Louis Park and scouting locations around Minneapolis for a breakfast place.

McDermott’s first restaurant, Sushi on Shea, opened in Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1994. While some of his other restaurants include sushi, he said this will be the first true sushi bar he’s done since Sushi on Shea.

“I estimate about 40 percent of our sales will be sushi, 40 percent will be alcohol, and then the remaining 20 percent will come from other traditional Japanese cuisine,” he said.

A fine dining restaurant called Socialista was originally planned for the space, but those plans fell through and it was offered to McDermott.

“I was thinking about the best concept that fit that area, what was missing, and I felt sushi was it, especially with the younger demographic in the area,” he said. “It’s going to be hip and fun, we’re going back to that 70s décor, with a lot of those color palettes and shapes, pictures, everything will be set in that time period.”

Design plans for Shag are currently being finalized and McDermott said it will be open by the end of the year.