Revival Food Hall Opening This Week


Revival Food Hall Opens This Thursday in Chicago, IL

With no signs of slowing down in 2016, Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, principal owners of hospitality collective 16” On Center (MONEYGUN, Saint Lou’s Assembly, Dusek’s, Longman & Eagle, The Promontory, Punch House, Tack Room), are pleased to open their newest development, Revival Food Hall in Chicago, this Thursday.  Bringing the best of Chicago’s locally owned neighborhood restaurants and the city’s most talented chefs together under one roof, the giant 24,000 square foot food hall opens doors on Thursday, August 18th at 7 AM to “revive” a piece of Chicago’s history with this massive restoration project in the heart of the Loop.

Revival will launch with 15 different concepts, boasting everything from James Beard award winning chefs, Michelin starred talent and Food & Wine “Best New Chefs” to some of the most iconic local dining in an all-new downtown setting. The food hall will present offerings such as fresh poke bowls, food-truck-famous sandwiches, artisan charcuterie, gourmet gelato, farm-fresh salads, double-stacked burgers, Tokyo-style ramen, Midwest-Mexican tacos, house-smoked BBQ, Detroit-style pizza and more. (A full lineup of partners is below).  In addition, Revival will bring together an all-star pastry, coffee and cocktail collaboration boasting chef-driven bakery offerings from one of the country’s most acclaimed pastry chefs, Mindy Segal, owner of Mindy’s HotChocolate, alongside RCB Bar Manager Michael Huebner (Celeste, Drumbar, The Aviary) and Coffee Programming Manager Eric Turner (Elaine’s Coffee Call, La Colombe, Lavazza) to operate a multi-roaster coffee shop, full bar and bakery. (More below).

Revival Food Hall is located on the ground floor of The National at 125 South Clark St., Chicago, IL and will be open Monday through Friday from 7 AM – 7 PM, with the bar open until 9 PM.


Aloha Poke Co.  Opened as a food stall in the Chicago French Market in March 2016 by industry veteran Zach Friedlander, Aloha Poke Co. instantly drew industry acclaim—not to mention large crowds and long lines—for its smash-hit, Hawaiian style poke bowls.

Antique Taco Chiquito:  Antique Taco Chiquito (Mini Antique Taco), is a scaled-back version of the acclaimed Wicker Park taco hot spot. Opened in 2012 by husband/wife duo Ashley and Rick Ortiz, the restaurant’s  Midwest-Mexican, farmer’s market-style tacos have garnered a nod from Michelin’s Bib Gourmand and were named among American’s best by Fodor’s.

Black Dog Gelato:  Pastry chef Jessie Oloroso opened her Ukrainian Village shop in 2010, and since then has been known for creating innovative, from-scratch gelato and sorbet that’s made fresh in-house daily.

Brown Bag Seafood Co.  A partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, Brown Bag Seafood Co. opened in 2014, after owner Donna Lee noticed it was hard to find quick-service, sustainable fresh fish. At Brown Bag, guests order DIY-style, selecting their preferred fish, format (sandwich, salad, taco, powerbox, straight up), and side.

Danke:  A new, streamlined concept from the team behind popular Logan Square restaurant Table, Donkey & Stick, Danke opens this summer in the new Revival Food Hall, bringing the restaurant’s acclaimed charcuterie program to the Loop. Using the elements that have earned TDS two Bib Gourmands and a “Best New Restaurants” nod from Chicago magazine—serving up innovative house-made charcuterie, unique cheese and handmade fresh bread.

Farmer’s Fridge:  Farmer’s Fridge launched in October 2013 with the idea to create vending machines that served fresh, wholesome, hand-crafted salads, snacks and other foods, packed into well-designed, recyclable jars.

Furious Spoon:  First opening in 2015 in Wicker Park, Michelin-star chef Shin Thompson expands his  quick-serve, Tokyo-style ramen restaurant with three openings before 2017—including one in Revival Food Hall, giving downtown Chicago its very first homemade noodle ramen shop.

Graze Kitchenette:  Graze Kitchenette is a new concept from two longtime industry friends: award-winning chef Sarah Jordan (GT Fish & Oyster, Cicchetti, Johnny’s Grill) and front-of-house industry vet and Kendall College alum Mason Edelson (Lettuce Entertain You, GT Fish & Oyster).  Revival Food Hall serves as the launching pad for this chef-driven, fast-casual concept, which serves Burgers & Bowls, two health-conscious yet contrasting menu offerings.

Harvest Juicery Owner Kristina Sciarra—a graduate of Culinary Institute of America, a veteran of the Chicago restaurant scene and an advocate for clean eating—started Harvest Juicery in 2012 as a delivery service, then expanded into the Loop in 2014, serving chef-driven cold-pressed juices and smoothies made with organic or locally sourced fruits and vegetables.

RCB:  An all-day café and welcomed respite to the downtown hustle, RCB will combine chef-driven bakery offerings, expertly crafted coffee and cocktails (as well as coffee cocktails) to wake patrons up in the morning and wind them down when the evening arrives.

Smoque BBQ:  Barry Sorkin, Mike McDermott and Al Sherman opened Smoque BBQ in 2006 and instantly gained a loyal following for their house-smoked meats combined with pitch-perfect, house-made rubs and sauces.

The Budlong (THE POP-UP stall, will rotate every three months):  The Budlong launched this May in Lakeview, and its Nashville hot fried chicken instantly snagged Time Out Chicago’s #1 Best Fried Chicken title. The Budlong is the debut pop-up collaboration at Revival—which will see chef-driven restaurants rotating every three months—and owner and barbecue master Jared Leonard (Rogers Park’s Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse) will bring to The Loop a streamlined menu of locally sourced, hormone and antibiotic free Nashville hot fried chicken plates and sandwiches served on buttery brioche buns.

The Fat Shallot:  Before taking the leap to open their own food truck, Husband-and-wife team Sam Barron and Sarah Weitz graduated from Kendall College culinary school, with Sam going on to work in kitchens such as Chicago’s four-star Everest restaurant, Susan Spicer’s Bayona in New Orleans and Chicago’s Pump Room. The Fat Shallot at Revival will be the first brick and mortal location of their popular food truck concept, and will offer the greatest hits from both food trucks, presenting four made-to-order sandwiches, delicious sides and one fresh salad daily.

Union Squared Pizza:  The team behind Evanston’s popular Neapolitan-style pizza spot, Union Pizzeria, now bring their culinary talent to downtown Chicago by introducing Union Squared at Revival Food Hall.  Union’s partners Heather Behm, Steve Schwartz, Craig Golden and Chef/Partner Vince DiBattista, now swap their wood-fired oven for a Blodgett deck oven at Revival Food Hall to create Detroit-style pizzas—square, red-topped pies with thick, crispy crusts.

Curbside Books & Records:  Before there were books, there was a band.  That’s because Curbside Splendor was first conceived as a punk rock band in the early 1990s in an apartment in Urbana, Illinois.  Although the group never really went anywhere, band-member Victor Giron reimagined Curbside as an independent press in the fall of 2009.  Publishing fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry that celebrates extraordinary voices, Curbside aims to rewrite the tradition of Midwestern publishing through a handful of projects.


Photo Credits: 

First Row: RCB (Courtesy of HotChocolate), Farmer’s Fridge (Courtesy of Farmer’s Fridge), Union Squared (Courtesy of Union Squared), Harvest Juicery (Courtesy of Harvest Juicery); Second Row: Black Dog Gelato (Courtesy of Black Dog Gelato), Antique Taco Chiquito (Courtesy of Antique Taco), Brown Bag Seafood Co. (Courtesy of Neil Burger); Third Row: Furious Spoon (Courtesy of Zachary Johnston), The Budlong (Courtesy of Hilary Higgins), Smoque BBQ (Courtesy of Meathead Goldwyn); Fourth Row: Aloha Poke (Courtesy of Alain Milotti), The Fat Shallot (Courtesy of The Fat Pickle), Graze Kitchenette (Courtesy of Jason Little), Danke (Courtesy of Danke)