The fresh Japanese noodles and hip-hop sounds from Furious Spoon are heading to Andersonville. After opening in Wicker Park, Logan Square, The Loop, and most recently in Pilsen, chef Shin Thompson and his team are taking over the Johnny Brown Bag space at 5406 N. Clark St., according to a news release. It’s a furious expansion for the group, whose holdings also include FireFin Poke Shop. The Andersonville ramen shop should open in the fall.
Expect the same ramen Furious Spoon is known for, as Thompson channels his grandfather who owned a ramen shop in Tokyo. They’ll also offer newer items including beef and poke bowls. Furious Andersonville will also serve kegged cocktails and have canned beer. It sounds like a set up closer to the original in Wicker Park that opened in 2015 rather than the larger Logan Square spot that has a full bar.
Johnny Brown Bag, a casual Italian restaurant, closed in April and vacated a small storefront. There’s 800 square feet with room for 25 people inside.
Furious Spoon’s parent company, Now Open Project, also operates Deadbolt in Logan Square. They also plan on opening a neighboring cocktail bar, The Pink Squirrel, as well as a highly-anticipated food hall in Lakeview.