The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is slated to open in spring 2017 on a former used car lot at 6456 S. Cicero Ave.
“We are thrilled to be able to join the Midway neighborhood,” Malnati said in a statement. “A number of developments are breaking ground along Cicero Avenue, and we’re excited to see the neighborhood change for the better.”
Over the last year, a number of new developments have sprouted along Cicero Avenue. Panda Express recently bought a 16,000 square-foot lot at 6501 S. Cicero Ave., a property adjacent to the forthcoming Vib, a 74-room Best Western boutique hotel at 6501 S. Cicero Ave.
“With exciting developments like the Vib Chicago hotel and the addition of a Chicago staple like Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, we’re hoping to give people a reason to stay, shop or dine around Midway," Quinn said.
Famous for its deep dish pizza, Lou Malnati’s has 13 full-service restaurants, two cafes and 32 carryout locations around Chicago.
Neighborhood folks and business owners hope the pizzeria serves as a catalyst for other restaurants to invest in the area.
“A high-quality restaurant like Lou Malnati's is a great asset for the community,” said John Kapusciarz, long-time general manager of European Chalet Banquets at The Mayor’s Mansion. “This will help in creating a ‘restaurant row’ in the airport district."
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