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Arigato Market Brings Wacky Tacos, High-End Meat Market To West Town

From "Crushed Cheeseburger" to "California Kani Salad," carnivores can expect these inventive tacos to stray from the norm.

Arigato Market got its start as a Chicago pop-up. Now the taco restaurant and meat counter has its own digs at 1407 W. Grand Ave.
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CHICAGO — For West Town residents, Election Day isn’t the only exciting event unfolding Tuesday.

Artisan taco and fresh meat counter Arigato Market opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 1407 W. Grand Ave.

The restaurant is the brick-and-mortar incarnation of Arigato Tacos — a 2017 vision that found success during pop-up events at On Tour Brewing Co.

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Arigato Market got its start as a Chicago pop-up. Now the taco restaurant and meat counter has its own digs at 1407 W. Grand Ave.

While taco joints are not hard to find in Chicago, Arigato Market partners Brett Suzuki and Ethan Wautelet promise to deliver a bit of fun and creativity in their foods.

From “Crushed Cheeseburger” to “California Kani Salad,” West Town carnivores can expect these tacos to stray from typical Latin-inspired flavors.

“The fun thing about tacos is that they are a vehicle for me to deliver unique flavor profiles, leveraging my experiences cooking in Chicago, NYC and Japan,” Suzuki said in a press release.

From tacos to purchasing items from the meat counter, customers can expect a high-quality product, Wautelet said.

“Our beef is vacuumed sealed to remove all the oxygen thus eliminating oxidation and spoilage,” he said. “It allows us to preserve the meat in the freshest condition possible without the use of gasses. It also allows our customers to cook it on their timetable.”

Because Arigato got its start in a West Town brewery, staying in the neighborhood felt like a natural decision, Wautelet told Block Club.

“Grand Avenue as a whole has some fantastic businesses established and we love its entrepreneurial spirit,” he said. “We’re so excited to be a part of this community.”

The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, while also continuing pop-ups at On Tour Brewing Co. on the weekends.

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Arigato Market got its start as a Chicago pop-up. Now the taco restaurant and meat counter has its own digs at 1407 W. Grand Ave.

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