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Furious Spoon Replacing Olympia Meats In The West Loop

By Ariel Cheung | August 23, 2017 2:38pm | Updated on August 24, 2017 10:10am
 Furious Spoon plans to open in the West Loop next year.
Furious Spoon plans to open in the West Loop next year.
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Furious Spoon

WEST LOOP — Furious Spoon has furiously expanded in its two-year history, and its newest addition is coming to the West Loop next year.

The ramen powerhouse will open at 810 W. Randolph St. in summer 2018, joining some of Chicago's top-rated eateries like Au Cheval and Lone Wolf along Restaurant Row.

There are currently four Furious Spoon locations in Chicago, plus a fifth in Evanston and two more in the works in Andersonville and Lakeview. In Lakeview, Furious Spoon is expected to open alongside FireFin Poke in the former Spin Nightclub at 3200 N. Halsted St.

The first Furious Spoon opened in Wicker Park, 1571 N. Milwaukee Ave. in 2015. Others are in Logan Square, Pilsen and Revival Food Hall.

The ramen shop replaces Olympia Meats, which closed in July after 40 years in the West Loop. The full-service butcher shop was beloved by neighbors and mourned after its sudden closure.

Olympia Meats said the building was under new ownership in its Facebook post announcing the closure. Prior to it closing, Olympia Meats was the oldest continually family owned and butcher shop in Chicago.

The West Loop's Furious Spoon will have the same menu as its sister locations, dreamed up by Japanese-raised Michelin-starred chef Shin Thompson.

The menu includes ramen bowls made with pork belly, white pepper chicken, shrimp or mushrooms. For extra spice, they offer chili-infused noodles and apple chili fury sauce.

Rice bowls include a spicy beef brisket bowl and loaded ahi tuna poke bowls. Side dishes include a vegetable spring roll, lime edamame and pickled vegetables.

Some, like the Logan Square location, also have draft and can beer, sake, draft cocktails and a list of signature cocktails like the Furious Margarita, made with habanero, citrus and tequila or mezcal.