WEST LOOP — Umami Burger is opening a second Chicago location in the West Loop, restaurant officials announced Tuesday.
The L.A.-based chain plans to open at at 945 W. Randolph St. in spring 2016, a spokesperson confirmed. The restaurant will offer up Umami Burger's signature burgers, sides and craft beverages.
Umami Burger West Loop will neighbor La Colombe Torrefaction and Nando's Peri-Peri, a Portuguese chicken chain, which opened in May. West Loop developer Sterling Bay owns the 945 W. Randolph building.
The 2,734-square-foot, 125 seat restaurant will feature an expansive patio and full bar serving wine, beer and craft cocktails. Christopher Lawton and Micah Stanley of the Chicago-based L+S Architects will design the space, drawing design inspiration from the West Loop neighborhood.
"The West Loop has everything we look for in an Umami Burger neighborhood; there is a great energy and a strong culinary community," said Paul Clayton, CEO of Umami Restaurant Group.
In May, an Umami Burger spokesperson declined to confirm a Crain's Chicago report that Los Angeles-based Umami Burger had agreed to take over a space in the West Loop.
Named "Burger of the Year" by GQ Magazine, Umami Burger hand-crafts beef burgers, which are coarsely ground in-house and seared on a hot plancha. Each burger is made with a signature Umami sauce and Umami dust, and layered with housemade condiments, sauces and cheeses on a soft Portuguese style bun.
Umami Burger opened its first Chicago location at 1480 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park in September 2014.
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