Chef Tory Miller reflects on closing of Sujeo, shares what’s next
Asian-focused restaurant to close
MADISON, Wis. — When Chef Tory Miller took to Instagram to announce Sujeo would be closing after five years on East Washington, the community reacted in collective heartbreak. The Asian-inspired restaurant has a rather cult-like following: customers who delight in a big bowl of “Chef Tory’s B-Bap” or a swirl of CBD-infused ice cream.
But their patronage wasn’t enough. Citing unsteady business, Miller announced Sujeo will close at 9 p.m. Saturday.
“The best part of owning Sujeo has been the freedom to be myself, explore my roots, and kind of discover who I am, both as a person and a chef,” Miller said. ” I’ll miss the people the most, the misfits that I worked with, and the customers that were truly into what we did there.”
“This community has been the backbone of our success,” Miller added. “While I am heartbroken to say goodbye of course, I am not going to focus on negatives.”
“I have never been happier to have had this experience. I’ve made some incredible friends and learned more than I could have thought possible, about myself as a person, as a chef, and as a business owner.”
As for what’s next for the soon-to-be empty space Sujeo occupied? “My wish for any open space is a Lego store,” Miller said, jokingly, only to add, “I’m only kind of joking.”
“Seriously, I wish Madison could find a way to buck the trend of, ‘Open retail space, let’s put a restaurant or bar in!’ I think a brunch-y place could be great there. Or pizza. I mostly always want to eat pizza, so that’s kind of selfish.”
“Peace, love, and noodles forever.”
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