Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Roots Pizza Coming to Printers Row and Anchoring 15-Story Micro-Apartment Building?

If you're into the restaurant business, Crain's has a good read about the 50/50 restaurant group.  It's an interesting read, but what really caught our eye was this paragraph:
Beyond the high-profile Old Town project, Mohr and Weiner are readying other ventures. A fourth, supersized Roots Pizza will open in the South Loop next summer. The 11,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant will sit atop a 15-story luxury micro-apartment building going up at Dearborn and Polk streets.

Lots of goodness to unpack here.  First - is that really a "micro-apartment" reference again?  If you're an avid Sloopin reader you may remember way back in 2015 when the micro concept was revealed.  Subsequently we were under the impression those plans were scraped, but maybe not?   

Second, bringing another restaurant - especially one with a proven track record - to this stretch of Printers Row is only going to continue the momentum for Dearborn.  Yes it's another pizza joint - and we certainly have a lot of them in the neighborhood - but still seems like a good addition. 

What's even more interesting is that it apparently is going to be a two-story concept with a retractable roof (via Eater):
A fourth Roots pizza is planned for the South Loop at 776 S. Dearborn Street. They’re gunning for a summer 2019 opening of a two-floor restaurant with 320 seats. About 200 seats will be on the second floor that will be covered by a retractable roof.

Wowsa - sounds sweet!  Thoughts on this news - seems positive if true?

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