CORRECTION: Furious Spoon will not be replacing Pollo Express. Furious Spoon reps emailed in just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday saying they provided the wrong address for their future Pilsen location. Instead the new ramen shop is slated to open at 1316 W. 18th St. Pollo Express is unaffected by the opening. Updated post follows.
Chef Shin Thompson and the rest of the crew at Furious Spoon aren't content with just two ramen shops—and they're heading to the South Side. Thompson and partner Anshul Mangal are planning a third location of their bustling hip-hop counter service restaurant, this time in Pilsen, at 1316 W. 18th St.
taking over the Pollo Express space at 1315 W. 18th St.
The Pilsen spot joins the original Furious Spoon in Wicker Park and a second one planned for the corner of Milwaukee and Fullerton avenues in Logan Square. They hope to open the new 1,300-square-foot location, which will have seating for 60 to 70 people and the same menu as the original, by the end of the year.
In a news release, managing partner Anshul Mangal called the new Furious Spoon "perfect for the neighborhood."
His popular ramen shop is replacing a well-regarded Mexican-style chicken spot which is still open, and a worker answering the phone at Pollo Express didn't know of the impending takeover. It's a situation similar to when Furious Spoon announced intentions in Logan Square to take over El Charro, a popular late-night Mexican restaurant that was also still in business when the announcement was made. There's no word on when Pollo Express will shutter.
There's also no word if the Pilsen spot will beget a Kickstarter campaign, which was used to help fund the original Furious Spoon and is fundraising the Logan Square location right now. The release says they hope to open in the spring in Logan Square, though the Kickstarter specifically mentions a March opening.