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West Loop Restaurant Rundown: Goodbye Fulton Galley, Hello Time Out Market

Plus: La Sirena Clandestina and Square Roots Kitchen close.

Time Out Market is set to open next week in Fulton Market.
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WEST LOOP — While a slew of new restaurants are opening in the booming West Loop, a number of restaurants and one Fulton Market food hall are hitting the road.

Here’s a rundown of what’s happening in neighorhood’s hot dining scene.

Time Out Market opens soon

Time Out Market’s massive — and much-hyped — food hall will open its doors Friday, Nov. 21.

The 50,000-square-foot hall will bring 18 eateries, three bars and a demo kitchen to 916 W. Fulton Market St.

Michael Carroll and Craig Sindelar will bring their Michelin-star brewpub Band of Bohemia to the market; Christine McCabe and Jason Chan will offer handmade pastries and baked goods at Sugar Cube; and Kevin Hickey of the Duck Inn and Brandon Phillips will pay homage to the Italian beef with their new spot, Decent Beef.

Other spots in the market include restaurants run by HaiSous’ Thai Dang, Fat Rice’s Abe Conlon, El Che Bar’s John Manion and Belly Q’s Bill Kim. Purple Pig, Split Rail, Mini Mott, Lost Larson, Fare, Funkenhausen, Dos Urban Cantina and Lost Lake co-owners Paul McGee and Shelby Allison will also have a presence.

Fulton Galley shutters after 5 months

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As one food hall opens, another one closes. Less than five months after opening, Fulton Galley is closing its doors.

The food hall, which opened in June at 1115 W. Fulton Market, featured new eateries from Ron Aleman with Taco Mucho, Dennis Bernard’s “rotisserie-focused concept” Fairview, husband-and-wife Gerad Gobel and Alexis Rorabaugh’s pasta-focused Italianette, Northeastern Thai streetfood Pink Salt by Palita Sriratana and Aaron Steingold’s Steingold’s Deli.

Read more on the closing here. 


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Chef Paul Virant offers Japanese comfort food okonomiyaki at Gaijin in West Loop.

Acclaimed chef Paul Virant debuted new Japanese restaurant Gaijin this week in the West Loop.

At Gaijin, 950 W. Lake St., Virant draws inspiration from the Oskana and Hiroshima styles of Japanese comfort food, including okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake crisped on a griddle. While he owns restaurants in the suburbs, it’s the first restaurant he’s opened in Chicago since closing Perennial Virant in Lincoln Park three years ago.

Eater dives in.

La Sirena Clandestina closes

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Chef John Manion is closing La Sirena Clandestina at the end of the year.

After seven years, chef John Manion is closing his Brazilian-inspired restaurant La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market, at the end of the year. 

Manion tells the Tribune skyrocketing property taxes in the area contributed to his decision.

Veggie Grill opens

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Plant-based Veggie Grill opens in West Loop.

Last week, Veggie Grill opened its first West Loop location at 911 W. Randolph St., the chain’s fourth Chicago location.

The restaurant specializes in vegetarian and vegan “burgers,” sandwiches, salads, bowls and burritos. Much of the menu is made with meat substitutes.

Read more here.

Square Roots Kitchen closes

After almost two years in Greektown, Square Roots Kitchen, which offered an assortment of salads, wraps and customizable bowls, closed last week.

In a Facebook post, owners said the restaurant at 120 S. Halsted St. “did not provide the foot traffic needed to sustain the overhead of opening our own store.” 

Boqueria opens next month

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Boqueria, a Spanish tapas restaurant, will open next month in Fulton Market. 

The 100-seat restaurant is expected to open the first week of December at 807 W. Fulton Market. The New York-based chain will offer dishes including chicken and egg paella.

Eater has more. 

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