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Smack Shack Closes Fulton Market Seafood Spot 10 Months After Opening

By Stephanie Lulay | February 28, 2017 11:49am | Updated on February 28, 2017 6:28pm
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Smack Shack, a "coastal and casual" seafood restaurant in the 1KFulton building in Fulton Market, has closed.
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FULTON MARKET — Ten months after opening, "coastal and casual" seafood restaurant Smack Shack in the 1K Fulton building has closed. 

With seating for 300, the 10,000-square-foot restaurant focused on seafood boils next to Google Chicago's corporate headquarters closed for good Sunday, a manager on site confirmed. 

In a statement, a representative for the restaurant confirmed Minnesota-based Smack Shack decided to close the restaurant at 1K Fulton. Chicago-based Four Corners Tavern Group, a partner in the project, is taking over operations of the space and plans to open another restaurant there this summer, a spokeswoman confirmed.  

"Smack Shack — a popular concept in Minnesota — did not translate similarly in Chicago and Four Corners is interested to focus on a project with local roots," she said. 

More details about the plans for the new business are expected to be announced soon. 

Chef and co-owner Josh Thoma, who partnered with Four Corners to open the restaurant in April, could not be reached Tuesday. 

Before opening Smack Shack in Chicago, Thoma operated Smack Shack as a food truck in Minneapolis, eventually opening a brick-and-mortar Smack Shack in that city in February 2013. The fare was featured on the Food Network TV show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" in 2010.

Smack Shack first announced the restaurant would open a West Loop location in August 2015.

Boka Group and B. Hospitality's steakhouse Swift & Sons is also located in the 1K Fulton development.

Sterling Bay's 1000 W. Fulton Market development is also known as the Google building, a nod to one of the building's main tenants.