Furious Spoon will open a West Loop location as the ramen chain is taking over a former butcher shop on Randolph Restaurant Row, according to a news release. They’re eyeing a summer 2018 opening at 810 W. Randolph St., the former home of the recently-shuttered Olympia Meats. The ramen shop debuted in 2015 in Wicker Park, they run five shops, including the newest in suburban Evanston.
In addition, a spokeswoman said a Boystown location announced in January for the corner of Halsted and Belmont should open in about a month at 3200 N. Halsted St. That location, the former Spin nightclub, will neighbor a FireFin Poke Shop. Both brands share the same ownership. There’s also plans for Furious Spoon in inside a Lakeview food hall and another location in Andersonville. The shop makes its own noodles, and the drinks and hip-hop music have made it a popular restaurant in multiple neighborhoods.
The West Loop location will have room for 60 inside a 2,000-square-foot space. This one will have a full-bar program. Furious Spoon joins two other nearby ramen shops: Ramen Takeya on Fulton Market and High Five Ramen on Green Street, just off Randolph.
Furious Spoon gives Randoph an affordable option mixed in between the fine-dining restaurants along the drag. It also epitomizes the changes in the area that was once dominated by meatpackers as a ramen shop is replacing a butcher. Olympia Meats closed at the end of July after more than 40 years.