Squid Ink Sushi has received the Mayor’s Restaurant of the Month award for May 2018.

Nestled amid the hustle and bustle of the four-corners area at Lake Pleasant Parkway and Happy Valley Road, Squid Ink is capturing the spirit of the area’s contemporary population, Mayor Cathy Carlat said.

Enticed by the fast-growing northern Peoria community looking for crave-worthy dining and a desire to live local, Chef Schuyler Estes said he and his business partner, Parker Ganem, opened Squid Ink, a Japanese fusion sushi bar and grill, in 2010.

Today, general manager Libby Estes enthusiastically nurtures a friendly atmosphere where regular customers are greeted by name and new faces are openly welcomed into the family, Estes said.

Chandeliers are shaped like jellyfish and original works of art line the walls. Carlat said the modern décor creates an interesting blend of urban charm and the artsy vibe of a neighborhood café.

Local artist Justin Queal created the original wall murals, while artist Elijah Trapp created the wall art. The works are frequently changed out as patrons purchase the displayed pieces and new artists are showcased.

Ganem said the restaurant has been successful since day one. Weekly promotions, such as “Roll In & Wine Down Wednesdays” and “Sunday Bloody Funday,” offer guests the opportunity to enjoy live music alongside indulgences, such as a Bloody Mary bar or a bottle of wine. Squid Ink’s patio offers a retreat to enjoy the chef’s creative sushi rolls, Asian-fusion menu items and signature cocktails. For more information, visit www.squidinksushi.com.