N.Y.’s Famed Roberta’s Pizza Arrives in Chicago as Part of Urbanspace Food Hall

Tour Urbanspace’s downtown location before Wednesday’s opening

9/22/2021 1:33:00 AM

The developers of Chicago's new 12,000-square-foot food hall with 12 restaurants and a bar have brought hip Brooklyn Neapolitan pie shop Roberta’s Pizza with them from NY (Via EaterChicago)

Tour Urbanspace’s downtown location before Wednesday’s opening

Spanglish serves gorditas at the food hall.Spanglish is one of 12 restaurants.This is Chicago’s first food hall to open in 2021, and ownership is trying to create a safe space, and that starts with proper ventilation. Each of the 12 vendors have stalls equipped with ventilation hoods, as cooking happens behind each counter, not at some hidden away central kitchen like other food halls. That gives Urbanspace an advantage, but the installation posed a challenge to the contractors at

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Level Construction. It’s hard to achieve the needed airflow while downtown in a crowd of skyscrapers. They turned to a special air filtration system, which is the size of a small room. Level says it’s the first such system in Chicago, one that “scrubs all the grease from the multiple restaurant exhausts and cleans it before releasing it back into the environment.”

Bhoomi co-owner Ajit Kalra and Spanglish co-owner Frank Morales Jr. fist bump after Kalra sample one of Morales’ dishes.Additionally, crews added an unplanned mezzanine level with seating to allow for more social distancing for diners. Other interesting tidbits include the use of eco-friendly materials; one of the front booths has finishes made from repurposed chopsticks. Also, look for artwork and murals inside from local artists. headtopics.com

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