Brown Bag Seafood Co. has made waves in Chicago for its fast-casual approach to seafood in places including Revival Food Hall in the Loop. Today marks a new era for the brand as it unveils a 2,100-square-foot restaurant in River North at Wells and Hubbard streets. This is the chain’s fourth restaurant since it was founded in 2014.
Huge glass doors greet the customers as they enter at 414 N. Wells Street. There’s a bit of a nautical theme in the 46-seat spot. They’ll have another 36 seats outside for spring and summer months. Suspended wooden arches and a 20-foot hand-painted mural are just come of the touches inside.
In the quest to get away from greasy fast food, Brown Bag supplies an alternative with filling lunches consisting of sustainable seafood. They adhere to standards made popular by programs including the Shedd Aquarium’s Right Bite program. The menu of fresh selections include a catch of the day, salmon, shrimp — fried or grilled. There’s also fish tacos, lobster rolls, and clam chowder. Sides include soups, slaw, and tater tots.
Cruise through the space below as Brown Bag founder Donna Lee continues to expand her brand. Brown Bag Seafood Co. in River North is open.
Brown Bag Seafood Co., 414 N. Wells Street, open 11 a.m. daily.