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Taco (Bomb)Shell: Lou Malnati's Partnering With Kamehachi for Tacos in Old Town

Yes, the venerable deep dish chain is joining forces with Chicago's oldest sushi restaurant on a taco spot.

1529 N. Wells
1529 N. Wells
Ashok Selvam

Well, here's a new taco concept you probably weren't expecting. Lou Malnati's, the venerable deep dish purveyors that Eater readers voted Chicago's best deep dish pizza last year, is getting into the taco game—in a partnership with a longtime local Japanese mini-chain. Marc Malnati is joining forces with Kamehachi, Chicago's first sushi restaurant, to open the restaurant at 1529 N. Wells Street, which is less than a block from The Second City and immediately next door to Kamehachi's flagship (and moved) location in Old Town. Look for an August opening.

Will the restaurant serve Asian-inspired, pizza-themed, traditional Mexican tacos, or some combination thereof? That's currently unknown, as neither partner is sharing more specific conceptual details at this time, but according to a liquor license application the restaurant's name is Buzz Bait and it will presumably serve alcohol. The storefront previously housed a Subway, so it stands to reason that it will be cozy and casual.

This is a developing story so stay tuned for updates. And, as always, send any intel this way.


1531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 312-664-3663