Philadelphia-based Honeygrow is closing its three Chicago restaurants next week. The chain, which specializes in stir-fries and salads, arrived in the Chicago market in August 2017 in the West Loop. They later added a Loop location at 70 E. Lake Street. A third and smaller restaurant, called Minigrow, 28 S. Wabash Avenue, is also closing. However, a Honeygrow in suburban Schaumburg will remain open, according to a spokesperson. The Chicago locations will close on November 16.
The quick-service chain had ambitious expansion plans, but the spokesperson said the company’s now closing “select” locations to reevaluate future endeavors. The impending West Loop shutter leaves another vacancy at the building at 177 N. Morgan Street. Honeygrow shared the building with a Taylor Gourmet, the sandwich chain from D.C. Taylor Gourmet closed all of its locations in September after a dispute with an investor. Do-Rite Donuts and Shake Shack remain as tenants in the same building on Morgan.
Honeygrow debuted in 2012 in Philadelphia. The chain has about 20 locations scattered in Delaware, New York/New Jersey, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia, Boston, and Philly. Eater New York critic Ryan Sutton earlier this year delivered his thoughts on salad chains, writing that it’s difficult to distinguish one chain’s bland salad greens from another.