Kai Togami became an orphan when a tsunami washed his remote fishing village into the sea off the coast of Okinawa in 1963.
When the Red Cross ships arrived with international aid, he was hungry for more than just food. He made up his mind to leave what little remained in search of a new beginning. That night with his eyes set on the horizons ahead of him, he snuck aboard as a stowaway. His nearly 30 year journey on the high seas and far off edges of the world was not easy but it was what made him. Shaped by courage, determination, unimaginable love and bittersweet loss, he was a restless boy who raised himself into a man of adventure.
Today, Mr. Togami lives in the neighborhood and still owns and captains this restaurant which is inspired by his travels. He enjoys photography and sailing on his days off.
The Throne Room, founded by Mark and Kamila, is more than just a music and performance venue showcasing Chicago’s premier local talent. It’s a labor of love born out of a long-standing family tradition, a love of music, and a classic boy-meets-girl love story.
It all began in a rehearsal space in the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago, where Mark, a powerhouse drummer was auditioning to join a new band. Kamila was the tough-chick bass player in search of a good fit to flesh out her band’s rhythm section. Both had been in several groups throughout the years, but this was no run-of-the-mill audition. Oh, no – this musical encounter would become the moment that changed both of their lives forever. Some say it was Kamila’s melodic bass lines that enchanted Mark, others say it was simply her beauty. Either way, the two began dating a few weeks later, fell in love, and in the fall of 2009, they were married. And, as the old adage goes, the rest is history.
Mark is the son of Frank and Georgeann, owners of Renaldi’s Pizza (2827 N. Broadway). The family has been a pillar of the Lake View community since the legendary pizza joint opened its doors in 1973. Renaldi’s commitment to providing an honestand valued establishment for all to enjoy speaks volumes about the integrity you’ll experience at The Throne Room.
The Throne Room is brought to you by the next generation of the Renaldi’s family who strive to continue the family’s tradition of excellence, community stewardship, and quality entertainment. The Throne Room offers a diverse lineup, top-quality sound, professional and friendly staff and an intimatesetting. Stop by on one of our live music nights, Friday and Saturdays, Starting May 30, 2014, and be a part of this ongoing story.
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