Evanston is getting a piece of the Furious Spoon expansion next. The burgeoning local ramen chain will open its first suburban shop this fall at 1700 Maple St., a former Red Robin Burger Works location, according to a rep. The chain, which debuted in 2015 in Wicker Park, features house-made noodles and loud ‘90s hip-hop. It has since opened in Logan Square, inside Revival Food Hall in The Loop, ownership also has plans to open a Pilsen location in the spring and in Boystown in the summer.
The new location is a homecoming of sorts for chef Shin Thompson, who grew up in Evanston. He and his team plan on opening a 2,000-square-foot restaurant with 50 seats, according to a news release. They’re also expanding their menu from ramen, adding beef and ahi tuna poke bowls to their repertoire. The group also owns the growing FireFin Poke brand, so there’s synergy in the menu additions.
The news release also states that Furious Spoon plans to open “three to four locations” by the end of 2017. That means there could be another location also in the works, so stay tuned.