Englewood Construction Announces Two Chicago Restaurant ProjectsApril 17, 2015
Englewood Construction, one of the country’s leading commercial construction firms, announced its food service and restaurant group has embarked on two projects: Chicago’s first Earls Kitchen + Bar in the New City development near Halsted Street and Clybourn Avenue, and a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Maxwell Building at Clinton and Taylor streets.
“These two Chicago eateries show that restaurant owners are confident in the improving economy and the future of Chicago,” said William Di Santo, president of Lemont, Ill.-based Englewood Construction. “Our extensive urban and national restaurant experience allows us to quickly bring Chicagoans these exciting new dining options.”
Earls comes to New City
Earls Kitchen + Bar, an upscale casual dining restaurant with 61 locations across Canada and five in the U.S., selected Englewood Construction to build its first Chicago venue. It will open in fall 2015.
“It’s thrilling to work with such an ambitious restaurateur in one of the most exciting developments in Chicago,” said Chuck Taylor, director of operations for Englewood Construction. “We’ve been talking to Earls for a couple of years about their U.S. expansion.”
New City, bound by Halsted and Schiller streets and Ogden and Clybourn avenues, will include 1 million square feet of commercial and residential space on 8.5 acres.
Earls Kitchen + Bar, the first restaurant under construction at New City, will also offer outdoor dining. “It will be a lively yet relaxed dining experience,” Taylor said. “The restaurant has a very high-end design throughout with an eclectic mix of wood and stone finishes.”
Englewood Construction’s urban restaurant and retail experience has proved essential at New City. “Anytime we’re working in a brand new development, there are unique challenges,” Taylor said. “To get our work done at the same time that the bigger development is under construction requires a lot of coordination and communication with all the other tenants on issues such as material deliveries and removing debris. In addition, New City is at a dense urban intersection, which adds another layer of coordination in regards to timing and scheduling.”
South Loop gets Buffalo Wild Wings
In Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, Englewood also is building a fast casual, full-service restaurant for new client Buffalo Wild Wings at the corner of Taylor and Clinton streets in the recently built Maxwell Building. Slated to open in early fall 2015, Englewood will be constructing a multi-level restaurant for Buffalo Wild Wings, with dining on the main floor and a full-service kitchen on the second floor. It is the national chain’s second location in the city of Chicago.
“Once again, we’re building a restaurant at a busy urban intersection,” Taylor said. “Our Chicago restaurant experience is a big reason Buffalo Wild Wings selected us for the project.”
Di Santo also added that the location near the office crowd and South Loop residents meets a need in the area. “Buffalo Wild Wings has seen great success throughout the suburbs,” he said. “Its expansion now brings Chicagoans another place for friends to get together to eat wings, socialize and watch sports.”
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About Englewood Construction:
Englewood Construction, Inc. is a commercial general contractor specializing in the construction of retail, restaurant, shopping center, hotel, education and office/industrial projects throughout the United States. Established in 2001, Englewood Construction’s executive team has more than 30 years of commercial construction experience, including executive positions with R.A.S. Builders and Capitol Construction. Since its founding, Englewood Construction has managed over 500 projects in 28 states and amassed a national qualified vendor base exceeding 20,000 subcontractors and suppliers. For more information on the company, visit www.englewoodconstruction.com, and to learn the latest insights and tips on solving commercial construction issues visit the company’s award-winning blog Hard Hat Chat.