Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Teriyaki Madness - "a Japanese Chipotle" - Moving in at 829 S. Wabash

Via Chicagobusiness.com:
Teriyaki Madness, a fast-casual Asian restaurant chain, hopes to open 20 locations in the Chicago area, starting with a store in Lombard on Monday and the first of three planned downtown spots this summer, serving made-to-order bowls of meat, rice and vegetables.

Three franchise owners are on board for Chicago-area stores, including one at 829 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop this year, two in yet-to-be-announced locations and another in Cherry Valley near Rockford in 2019 or early 2020.

The openings play into the Denver-based company’s plan to grow from its current 55 stores to 500 over the next five to seven years. Teriyaki Madness lets guests choose their protein, rice or noodles, and vegetables, dished up in huge portions.

Nik Patel, who with his wife, Rita, owns the Lombard location, describes the concept as “a Japanese Chipotle.”

We've never heard of this place, but according to Yelp it's pretty popular (4.5 stars).  It looks more like a Panda Express style restaurant than a Chipotle, but what do we know.

As a reminder the 829 S. Wabash location is in the East/West University building and was home to Au Bon Pain for 3 years.

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