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Small Cheval’s Line-Inducing Burgers Should Arrive in the Loop Next Week

A downtown skyscraper gets the second location of the Au Cheval spinoff

A Small Cheval cheeseburger
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Small Cheval, home of one of Chicago’s most-favorite burgers, is set to open its second location next week inside a Loop skyscraper that overlooks the Chicago River. While Hogsalt Hospitality’s Brendan Sodikoff hasn’t shown his cards, personnel over at 150 North Riverside say that the restaurant will open on Monday, October 23 inside the office tower which opened earlier this year.

Now, as it’s been branded and documented, the Au Cheval burger isn’t the same as the Small Cheval version. Au Cheval is Hogsalt’s venerable West Loop dining destination where customers line up for hours to order the griddled double stack. Riding the wave of burger popularity, Sodikoff opened a smaller spin-off, Small Cheval in 2015. Small Cheval offers burgers, fries, shakes, and beer. Now two years later, some feel that the brand has real nationwide potential for expansion. Hogsalt plans a third Chicago location in Old Town, but the company hasn’t shared an opening date.

The 54-story office tower where Small Cheval will stand opened to the public this spring. Porter’s Kitchen & Deck, run by Four Corners Tavern Group (a frequent collaborator with Sodikoff), also opened earlier this year in the same building.

150 N Riverside Plaza

150 N Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 993-1040