8000 Miles Circa 2013 -2014


For several years this was the official website for
8000 Miles. The domain registration expired and the new owner of the domain chose to keep information regarding the restaurant in case visitors come across this site online.

8000 Miles restaurant remains open. You can find the most recent customers' reviews on Yelp.

Their current website is: http://8000milesroselle.com/

Content is from this site's 2013 -2014 archived pages.


TUE – THU: 11:30 – 9:30
FRI – SAT: 11:30 – 10:30
SUN: 12 – 9
MON: Closed
DELIVERY: 4 – 9:00 ( Tues. – Thurs),  4 – 10:00 (Fri. – Sat) and 4 – 8:30 on Sundays

CIRCA 2013 -2014




Traveling nearly 8000 Miles together from the city of Chong Ching, China to Chicago, long-time friends Shawn Li (TL’s Four Seasons), Ben Li and Wan Cai Li (formerly with Double Li) developed plans to open a Chinese and Japanese restaurant together when they arrived in the US. With an endless list of classic Sichuan recipes collected over the years and a love for the art of sushi, to bring bona fide traditional flavors with a contemporary twist to the city they originated in when they arrived in America, Chicago.

Co-owners of 8000 Miles, Shawn Li and Ben Li, met when they were just 19-years-old in China where both were schooled in Chinese cuisine and sushi. Wan Cai Li, also an owner, was a master chef at a four-star hotel in Chong Ching and eventually moved to the United States where he opened Double Li restaurant in Chinatown with Ben

Shawn went on to open TL’s Four Seasons restaurant in downtown Bartlett and also became co-owner of PL8 restaurant in Barrington. Our name is very simple: our Chinese partners doorsteps in Chong Ching to the front door in Roselle is 8000 miles.

The reward of our captivating journey is 8000 Miles Chinese + Japanese. We thank you for your patronage, we look forward to your business and hope you will enjoy our fresh, contemporary and authentic Asian cuisine.

There's an interesting aside involving the influence of the movie Batman Begins and the popularity of the Asian backstory training myth. There was a rumor that Christian Bale had made reservations a week in advance under an alias, and the staff wanted to surprise him. They searched online and found a webstore with a huge selection of Batman hoodies, and express shipped enough for all the staff. But it turned out that the rumor was just that, a rumor. Yet the staff did all wear Batman hoodies one chilly day as they served customers - who actually loved the outfits. Management nixed the idea going forward, so it was a one-time only affair. But Batman does live on, somewhere in the minds and spirits of the staff and they are ready in case any of the actors do show up.


8000 Miles menu is comprised of Chinese and Japanese small plates.  Guests looking for a custom experience can talk to their server about the Sichuan written menu with authentic gems.  An entire sushi menu will be available featuring fresh nigiri and sashimi and unique maki plates along with a vast variety of fresh vegetable dishes.   8000 Miles will offer a select menu of homemade desserts and a Group Share menu will also be available for tables of six or more guests along with a Gluten Free and Kids Menus.

Daily Specials! (For dine-in only, per person.)

Wine Wednesdays- $5 glass of wine with a purchase of any Entree or Specialty Maki Roll.

Sapporo Sundays- $3 16oz draft with purchase of Specialty Maki Roll.
COMING SOON ON DRAFT- Revolution Double Fisted IPA

During the weekdays (excluding Fridays & Saturdays) when the Blackhawks play, come in for our BLACKHAWKS BUCKET SPECIAL! 5 Sapporos for $10 with purchase of an entree. GAME ON!

Saturday December 6, 2PM-5PM

J.K Williams Whiskey Pairing Dinner
$40 per person- gratuity not included
Please call for reservations, limited seating available

Hor D’oeuvers #1- Crab Rangoons paired with J.K Williams Peach Whiskey Cocktail
Hor D’oeuvers #2- Stuffed  Jalapeno paired with J.K Williams Lemon Whiskey Cocktail

Main #1- Peking Duck paired with J.K Williams Fire and Spice Whiskey Cocktail
Main #2- Spicy Chinese Eggplant paired with J.K Williams Blackberry Whiskey Cocktail
Main #3-  Shredded Beef with Chinese Garlic paired with Young Buck Bourbon (straight)

Dessert- Fried Mochi (passed) paired with Applie Pie Whiskey Deluxe Cocktail



More Background On 8000MilesRestaurant.com

8000 Miles is a renowned Asian fusion restaurant located at 107 Main Street in Roselle, Illinois. This establishment has become a favorite dining spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique blend of Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The story behind 8000 Miles, its diverse menu, and its impact on the community make it a noteworthy addition to Roselle's culinary scene.

The Origin Story

The name "8000 Miles" is symbolic of the journey its founders undertook from Chongqing, China, to Roselle. The restaurant was established by Shawn Li, Ben Li, and Wan Cai Li, who brought their extensive culinary expertise and passion for authentic Asian cuisine to the United States. This journey and the name reflect the distance and the effort involved in bringing traditional Sichuan and contemporary Japanese flavors to Roselle.

Menu Highlights

The menu at 8000 Miles is a harmonious blend of Chinese and Japanese dishes, catering to a wide range of tastes. Some of the standout items include:

  • Coconut Shrimp Roll: A sushi roll that combines the sweetness of coconut with the savory flavors of shrimp.
  • Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice: A delightful twist on classic fried rice, featuring pineapple for a sweet and tangy flavor.
  • Yakisoba Noodles: A Japanese dish with stir-fried noodles and vegetables, offering a delicious and healthy option.
  • Dried Chili Chicken Lunch: A Sichuan specialty known for its spicy and bold flavors.

In addition to these, the restaurant offers a variety of sushi rolls, traditional Sichuan dishes, and a selection of fresh vegetable plates. There are also options for gluten-free and kid-friendly meals, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

Dining Experience

8000 Miles offers a casual dining atmosphere that is both inviting and comfortable. The restaurant features a full bar, outdoor seating, and private dining rooms, making it an ideal spot for both intimate dinners and larger gatherings. The staff is known for their friendly and attentive service, adding to the overall positive dining experience.

Customer Reviews

The restaurant has garnered positive reviews from patrons, highlighting the quality of the food and the excellent service. Customers often praise the freshness of the ingredients and the flavorful dishes. A review from May 2024 mentions, "I have lived in the Roselle area for 4 years now and it took me this long to try this place. My fiancé and friends all told me it was amazing and well, they were right! Everything was delicious!!!" Another review from April 2024 states, "First time trying this place and I am so happy we did! We ordered the lobster roll as an appetizer which was delicious. The Yakisoba Noodles and Pad Thai were amazingly fresh and flavorful."

Community Engagement

8000 Miles actively engages with the local community through various events and promotions. Special events, such as wine Wednesdays and Sapporo Sundays, offer customers unique dining experiences and great deals. The restaurant also participates in local festivals and community events, further establishing its presence in Roselle.

Cultural and Social Significance

The establishment of 8000 Miles has added a rich cultural dimension to Roselle's dining scene. By offering authentic Sichuan dishes and contemporary Japanese cuisine, the restaurant provides a platform for cultural exchange and culinary exploration. The founders' journey and their dedication to maintaining the authenticity of their cuisine resonate with many patrons, making 8000 Miles more than just a place to eat, but a cultural landmark.


8000 Miles is a testament to the power of culinary passion and cultural exchange. Its unique blend of Chinese and Japanese cuisine, combined with its warm and inviting atmosphere, makes it a standout restaurant in Roselle. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, 8000 Miles promises a memorable dining experience that celebrates the best of Asian culinary traditions.

By exploring 8000 Miles, patrons not only indulge in delicious food but also become part of a larger cultural journey that spans 8000 miles, from Chongqing to Roselle. The restaurant's commitment to quality, community engagement, and cultural significance ensures that it remains a beloved spot for years to come.