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Lakeview’s Massive Food Hall on Broadway Isn’t Happening

The developer is closing in on a deal for a brewpub instead

At least the rendering for this food hall that will never happen looked cool.
Now Open Project/Jonathan Splitt Architects
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Lakeview Market, the massive food hall with three bars from the owners of Furious Spoon, isn’t happening after all. The developer for the under-construction building at 3833 N. Broadway Avenue said that talks have been dead for a while and that he’s closing in on a deal to bring a brewpub to the space instead. Dave Gassman said he hopes to finalize the brewpub deal next week and that’s when he can reveal the name of his new tenant.

The market was to be the first under Now Open Project, the company from Anshul Mangal. Mangal, an attorney, is a partner in the Furious Spoon ramen chain which just opened its latest location inside a downtown food hall, Wells St. Market. The investment group was also behind the defunct FireFin Poke Shop chain. Earlier this month, a spokesperson said the company is planning a summer opening for a Furious Spoon in the West Loop at 815 W. Randolph Street.

Gassman said he prefers the brewpub plan, as having a single tenant isn’t as risky as having as many as 20 vendors, as was the plan for Lakeview Market. The building is eight stories with 135 residential units and 15,565 square feet of retail space. The food hall was supposed to open this summer.

Mangal, in an email sent Tuesday morning, echoed Gassman: “In the end, the landlord felt it was less risky to have one tenant in the space rather than the food hall.”

Alderman (46th Ward) James Cappleman first shared the news via Facebook. Come back next week for, hopefully, more info on a new Lakeview brewpub that would join DryHop Brewers and sibling Corridor Brewery & Provisions, as well as Uncommon Ground’s Greenstar Brewing in the neighborhood.

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Posted by James Cappleman on Sunday, June 17, 2018