Midori Sushi opened its doors in Chatham on March 6, 2012, and quickly found success. The restaurant's Korean-Japanese cuisine has impressed experienced and novice sushi eaters alike, and the owners tell a wonderful tale about immigrating to Canada, investing in Chatham-Kent, and about opening a business here.
The Nam Family
Lloyd Nam, chef and owner of Midori Sushi, immigrated to Canada five years ago, at the age of twenty-eight. His parents had decided to leave South Korea so that his young sister could study in Canada. In an effort to keep the entire family in tact the Nams immigrated together – father, mother, sister and two brothers with their wives. After first landing in Vancouver, the family had relocated to Toronto within six months.
The Nams worked at restaurants in the GTA, but this wasn't exactly what they wanted from their new life in Canada. They had immigrated with the intent of experiencing Canada and its culture, but found themselves completely immersed in Korean culture. After extensive online research, Lloyd’s love of fishing, the attraction of being close to the U.S. border, and the opportunity to open a unique business lead him to choose Chatham-Kent as his family’s new home – a place that Lloyd has described as “heaven on earth”.
Starting a Business in Chatham-Kent
With no previous ties to the area, the entire Nam family moved to Chatham at the beginning of 2012. They testify to the helpfulness of Chatham-Kent residents and the many services that assisted them in opening their first restaurant.
The Nams relocated with little knowledge about starting a business. Lloyd attributes their success to the help of John Cacciavillani, real estate agent with Realty House. John assisted the Nams in setting up the restaurant and connected them to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Small Business Centre, which Lloyd identified as the best first resource for budding business owners in Chatham-Kent.
The Nams redecorated the property, advertised jobs on 'Kijiji' and hired three local employees, filed paperwork, and made other preparations for the restaurant's opening. Incredibly, after one month of setup, Midori Sushi opened its doors to the public.
Experience Midori Sushi
Midori Sushi offers a wonderful Korean-Japanese dining experience. Please join us in welcoming the Nams to our community and enjoy an awesome food experience at Midori Sushi.
155 Grand Ave W,
Chatham, ON N7L 1B9
Open Tuesday through Sunday.