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Taco In a Bag Leaving Mall Behind For Lincoln Square This Spring

The winners of a Food Network contest find a brick and mortar space after moving from food truck to food court stall.

Taco In a Bag
Taco In a Bag
Taco In a Bag

Taco In a Bag, from fellow cooks and competitive eaters Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti and Tim "Gravy" Brown (otherwise known as Glutton Force Five), will move from the Spring Hill Mall food court in West Dundee to a Lincoln Square space formerly occupied by a Homemade Pizza Co. this spring, DNAinfo first reported.

The pair, who won a year's free lease at the mall on the Food Network competition series "Food Court Wars," saw dwindling sales shortly after the series aired and it never picked up from there. After months of stress and aggravation, they decided to forgo signing an extension on the mall lease. The search for a space in Chicago was settled today when the pair signed a lease at 4603 N. Lincoln Ave. hours ago.

"People don't want to try new or exciting things when they go to a mall food court," Bertoletti says. "They want a pizza slice as big and bland as a box from Sbarro's." The only benefit turned out to be having a year to fine tune their concept and recipes, he states.

The Taco In a Bag signature item, also known as a walking taco, takes a foil bag, plants a layer each of fried tortilla chips, meat, sauce and then assorted toppings, works well for a grab-and-go meal. With the limited seating at their upcoming space, this will come in handy. Doughnut hole parfaits are also on the menu.

Look for more information on Taco In a Bag's move to Chicago as it approaches its spring opening.