LuLu’s, an Asian fusion restaurant that’s been a mainstay of the downtown Evanston dining scene for 21 years, will close at the end of January.

Owner Dan Kelch, who also owns the retail condo space at 804 Davis St. that houses LuLu’s, tells Evanston Now that he’d always planned to find another chef to lease the space eventually, but that he’s making the move a couple years sooner than he’d originally planned because he’s found a chef to take over the space who he’s very excited about.

As we reported Thursday, John Kim and Brian Huston have applied for a liquor license for the new “farm to table” restaurant called HKK that will go into the 804 Davis space.

Kelch says, “The dining scene in Evanston is changing right now and growing more urban, and this new concept fits well with that and will help keep the trend rolling. That is good for us and for downtown Evanston because the new concept should draw more people in from Chicago and the surrounding ‘burbs.”

Kelch adds that he’ll still own and operate Taco Diablo, a Mexican-themed restaurant further west on Davis, and that he may bring back the Lulu’s concept in a different location at some point in the future.

Update 6:30 p.m. 12/6/13: John Kim called to say that though he and Huston applied for their liquor license using the name HKK, the restaurant will actually have a different name, which he’s not ready to announce.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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