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Sing Karaoke And Eat Dim Sum At Huge New West Loop Chinese Spot

By Stephanie Lulay | October 24, 2016 2:17pm
 Austin Baker, owner of Humboldt Park's Bar Marta, plans to open a bi-level Chinese restaurant and bar in on Randolph in the West Loop this fall
Austin Baker, owner of Humboldt Park's Bar Marta, plans to open a bi-level Chinese restaurant and bar in on Randolph in the West Loop this fall
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WEST LOOP — Bringing dim sum and karaoke to the West Loop, an old wholesale warehouse on Randolph is being transformed into a Sichuan-style restaurant and bar. 

Austin Baker, owner of Humboldt Park’s Bar Marta, will open Won Fun Chinese and 2Fun Chinese, a bi-level restaurant and bar in J.P. Graziano's old wholesale warehouse at 905 W. Randolph St. in November. The restaurant and bar, located next to West Loop mainstay J.P. Graziano Grocery Company, will focus on Sichuan-inspired Chinese fare. 

Opening an Asian restaurant was a longtime dream for Baker, a veteran of the Chicago restaurant industry who spent part of his career cooking in Bhutan. Baker and Chef Ben Ruiz developed the menu — featuring small eats, Sichuan classics, noodles, vegetables and fried rice — during a recent trip to China. 

Won Fun Chinese, the first-floor, 60-seat restaurant, will serve up family-style Chinese feasts out of an open kitchen. The menu includes signature Sichuan dishes, like Kung Pao Chicken, Sichuan Pork Wontons and a Beijing Style Duck, and modern dishes with a playful twist, including General Tso’s Chicken Wings, Foie Gras Fried Rice, and Biang Biang Mien made with hand pulled noodles, cumin lamb and tiger salad.

Won Fun's dessert menu will feature only one dish, a Taiwanese shaved ice, and teas from Chicago-based Spirit Tea. 

Located on the second floor, 2Fun Chinese, a 160-seat lively bar and lounge will offer up cheeky cocktails, dim sum-style snacks from circulating carts and karaoke. Cocktails will include the Oolong Island Iced Tea with four different liquors infused with oolong tea and popping boba and a Baijiu Mule with sorghum wine. 2Fun will also feature frozen cocktails, 24 local and Chinese beers on tap and a selection of Asian whiskeys, rums, and wine. 

Overhauling the old warehouse, Won Fun Chinese and 2Fun Chinese is decorated with 280 handmade Chinese silk lanterns and a custom centerpiece macramé by Chicago artist Christalena Hughmanick.

Won Fun Chinese and 2Fun Chinese will be open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Lunch will launch at a later date, a representative for the restaurant said. 

Also inspired by travels to China, Chef Stephanie Izard opened Duck Duck Goat on Fulton Market in March. 

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