A Chinatown restaurant that closed in 2019, one that’s kept a loyal following, is planning to reopen soon in a new neighborhood. My Place, known for an expansive menu featuring hot pot and Cantonese dishes, is headed to 1307 S. Wabash Avenue in South Loop, according to a Facebook post. Excited fans poured into the comments, where a rep reassured them the new restaurant will feature a similar menu with a few new dishes.
My Place closed its original South Archer Avenue restaurant last year after eight years in Chinatown. The South Loop space formerly housed Mexican barstaurant Lobo Canteen, formerly known as Lobo Rey from the owners of sports bar the Scout. The city revoked Lobo Canteen’s certificate of registration in May 2019, and ownership never reopened. The restaurant debuted with Daniel Espinosa’s (Cantina Laredo) Mexican food, but chef was forced out as management decided to focus more on the bar crowd near Solider Field. The space is located right beside Asian Outpost. Fast-growing local Chinese chain MingHin Cuisine also opened a South Loop restaurant last month.
A new menu isn’t yet available online, but My Place’s original menu is still posted. The dishes range from spicy pig ear and chicken feet in vinegar sauce to 12 varieties of congee and baked proteins (seafood, pork chop, beef tongue, and more) over rice or spaghetti. It also highlights a few takes on ramen — the popular Japanese dish originated with Chinese lamian and was called shina soba, or Chinese soba, until the 1950s. The term “shina” is now considered a pejorative in Japan, so today ramen is sometimes referred to as chuka soba.
Ownership has not yet responded to a request for more information, including an opening date, so stay tuned for more news.
My Place, 1307 S. Wabash Avenue, Opening date is not yet available.