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.