The doors are officially open at Seoul Taco's new Chicago location.
The restaurant, known for its Korean-Mexican fare served in a fast-casual atmosphere, opened today at 738 N. Clark Street in Chicago's River North neighborhood.
Seoul Taco, which got its start as a popular St. Louis food truck, now has four brick-and-mortar locations: St. Louis; Columbia, Missouri; Champaign, Illinois (which also opened this year) and now Chicago. Its menu features savory tacos drizzled with spicy "Seoul Sauce," burritos and bibimbap known as the "Gogi Bowl."
In between the lunch and dinner rush, owner David Choi tells Feast the turnout today has been good. The location had about three to four soft openings, he says, including one last week.
"We thought [River North] would be a great fit with our food," Choi says. "And there's not too many fast-casual places around here."
Seoul Taco Chicago has similar counter service, pricing and edgy interior design to its other locations. The Chicago location, which seats 65, features a Tae Kwon Do mural by Chicago artist Erik DeBat. It also features a wall of neon vintage boom boxes – something patrons can find at all four locations – designed by Alex Morales of Smartmouth Designs.
"We have a good collective group here working on it," Choi says of the artwork.
The Chicago location will also serve craft beer from St. Louis' 4 Hands Brewing Co.; Choi hopes to add a Chicago brewery to the lineup soon.
Seoul Taco Chicago is open every day from 11am to 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11am to midnight Thursday through Saturday.
Seoul Taco, 738 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois, 312.365.1607, seoultaco.com