Building on their experience at restaurants in Japan and in the suburbs, an Arlington Heights couple are opening their first Japanese restaurant in Palatine.
The village council on Monday approved plans for Modun Japanese restaurant at 309 E. Northwest Hwy. in the Palatine Plaza shopping center. The council also granted a special use permit and a beer and wine liquor license for the restaurant, which will open in the 1,850-square-foot space that used to hold Monika’s European Deli.
The owners are Munkh-Orgil Shijirbaatar and her husband, Batsukh Bayarsaikhan. Shijirbaatar said they have signed a lease and expect to get the keys to the space this week. They hope to open in late April, after interior work is finished, she said.
Highland Management, whose portfolio includes Palatine Plaza, didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
The menu will feature a variety of items, including tempura, ramen soups and sushi, Shijirbaatar said.