Kuma's Corner and the Fulton Market meatpacking district could be a natural combination. And that combo is becoming a reality, as the irreverent metal-themed burger chain in February plans to open its fourth location on the ground-floor of three-story Brooklyn Bowl at 832-856 W. Fulton Market. Crain’s reports brothers Ron and Mike Cain will build a 3,800-square-foot restaurant, joining the likes of Au Cheval, Grange Hall Burger Bar, Umami Burger and an upcoming Shake Shack in the area.
If there’s a burger war on the horizon, Kuma’s certainly possesses of an army of fans to wage battle. While Au Cheval draws a clientele who may split their thin, double-patty burger after a Soul Cycle session, Kuma’s fans are different. They offer a brash mix of burgers with excessive toppings mounted on thick patties. There’s so much beef in the West Loop/Fulton Market that vegetarian-friendly Bad Hunter, slated to open sometime this year next to Au Cheval, could be an area safe haven.
The original Kuma’s last year celebrated their 10th birthday in Avondale, and they’ve since opened restaurants in Lakeview, Schaumburg and Indianapolis. Crain’s also reported Kuma’s is opening a suburban spot in 2018 in Vernon Hills, and is looking at locations in Denver, Milwaukee and Nashville.