Though not fully open to the public until Monday, Feb. 15, locals in River North can stop into Brendan Sodikoff's 3 Greens Market right now and order a Small Cheval burger or build a plate from the massive hot/cold salad bar. The restaurant, inside the former Dillman's/Cocello space, soft opened on Monday at 354 W. Hubbard St.
When visitors walk in, on the left they'll be greeted by a large salad bar. Take another step and guests will see the counter where they can order those burgers and thin-sliced pastrami sandwiches on rye, the latter a holdover from Dillman's. There's also a pastrami burger, further demonstrating the synergy between the various Hogsalt concepts represented onsite.
The salad bar is epic, with two islands of hot and cold items. But it's not just for those adhering to a strict diet, perhaps needing a post-workout meal after stopping by the East Bank Club across the street. This salad bar includes items like meatballs, giving customers a choice on how to stuff themselves. Also take a moment to read the item labels, some of which offer sage advise. Take the white rice entry: "Load up, you'll be hungry in an hour." The hot/cold bar items cost $9.95 per pound.
To the right of the main entrance, there's a much different feel inside the coffee shop area. Comfy coaches and chairs make this a hangout area. There's table tennis, a small indoor putting green (get it?) for golfers, as well as a muted television. Board games, including chess, make this a space to spend some serious time.
Some of the pastries are baked on site in addition to those sweet treats delivered from Hogsalt's popular Doughnut Vault. The offerings remind customers of C.C. Ferns in Humboldt Park, where they also pour a special Metropolis Coffee Co. blend mixed just for Hogsalt. There's also a few cocktails, including boozy steamers for those who need alcohol and caffeine at the same time.
Three Greens Market, 354 W. Hubbard St., open daily from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.