Galley Group has announced the local Chicago chefs who will launch five new culinary concepts inside Fulton Galley this June. Located at 1115 W. Fulton Street, the 12,000+ square-foot space will also have a 30-seat bar featuring a cocktail program and curated craft beer lineup, as well as a private dining space.
Fulton Market will be the fifth project from Galley Group, a company founded by Ben Mantica and Tyler Benson that is dedicated to providing local chefs the opportunity to launch a new concept in a low-cost and low-risk environment. The group aims to be a launch pad for restaurant concepts by removing many of the cost barriers and risks that are associated with opening a restaurant.
After receiving applications for the past four months, six local chefs have been selected to launch a new concept in the galley this June. New chefs will rotate in on a regular basis. Each chef will receive a fully built-out kitchen, front of house staff, and more, so that they are able to focus solely on launching their new concept and gaining a loyal following. Below are the first five concepts to open inside of Fulton Galley:
• Taco Mucho from Ron Aleman: Ron Aleman is no stranger to Chicago’s culinary scene, as he has worked for over 20 years in restaurants such as The Fairmont Chicago, Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue and Devon Seafood Grill. Now, blending his classically trained French culinary skills with his passion for Mexican-American cuisine, Aleman will break out on his own to open Taco Mucho in Fulton Galley. The casual taqueria – which was first concepted on a napkin in Guadalajara - will celebrate the flavors of Mexico with street food fare. Aleman’s menu will blend his favorite parts of Mexican and American cuisines that he’s experienced during his global travels. His offerings will feature a rotating selection of tacos, share plates, sandwiches, Mexican sodas and more. In an effort to use the highest quality of ingredients, Aleman will partner with local purveyors and farmers in the area for Taco Mucho’s menu.
• Pink Salt by Palita Sriratana: Taking a less traditional route to find her culinary prowess, Palita Sriratana pursued several different career paths before she found herself staging at local Chicago restaurants such as Au Cheval and Nico Osteria. Learning through her grandma and frequent travels to Bangkok, Palita developed her interest in Thai food at an early age. While still in business school, Palita fell in love with the world of hospitality and made the decision to enter the restaurant industry full-time. Palita will open Pink Salt, a family-style modern Thai concept focusing on the distinct flavors and spices of Northeastern Thailand. Pink Salt will center on street-style roasted chicken, papaya salads, and a seasonal menu of small plates meant for sharing. For weekend brunch, she will serve a limited run of Khao Soi, a light curried broth over a mix of crunchy and chewy noodles.
• Steingold’s Deli from Aaron Steingold: Aaron Steingold is a true jack-of-all-trades in the hospitality world, which made the opening of Steingold’s of Chicago a next step for this chef and restauranteur. Steingold’s first all-day deli will open in Fulton Galley. Steingold’s Deli will open early to serve Backlot Coffee and signatures like The Uncle Rube with pastrami or corned beef with smoked sauerkraut, swiss cheese, Russian dressing and rye, and stay open through dinner with a new selection of offerings including Jewish-Japanese ramen bowls. Steingold will further explore the similarities in Jewish and Japanese cuisine, as well as continue to pay homage to his childhood memories of classic New York delis.
• Italianette by Gerad Gobel and Alexis Rorabaugh: This husband and wife team met over eight years ago cooking at Bar Agricole in San Francisco. Realizing they work great together both in and out of the kitchen, they soon began planning what would eventually become Italianette. Gobel, an Illinois-native, and Rorabaugh, a bit of a world-traveler, decided to make Chicago their home in 2014, knowing it was a possibility to open their future restaurant here. Gerad and Alexis currently serve as Executive Chefs at the SoHo House’s public and private restaurants, respectively. Italianette will open inside Fulton Galley, providing Chicago with a new spot for Italian cuisine all at an approachable price point. By combining each of their culinary backgrounds as well as their love for pasta making, Italianette will use high quality ingredients to create a menu of original takes on the classics. The restaurant will open with a selection of antipasti, pasta, rotating daily specials and Italian-inspired drinks and desserts.
• Fairview by Dennis Bernard: Dennis Bernard has made a name for himself across Chicago’s culinary scene, as he’s worked at several of the city’s top performing restaurants. Most recently he led as Chef de Cuisine at The Publican, and has previously been a culinary leader at Blackbird, Dove’s Luncheonette and Big Star. Fairview, Bernard’s first solo venture, is a rotisserie-focused concept, drawing inspiration from both Latin and American flavors. With seasonality and locality at the forefront, Bernard will explore the rotisserie concept by highlighting spit-roasted meats, fish and vegetables along with a selection of salads and ceviches.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the talented chefs joining us at Fort Street Galley,” shared co-founder Ben Mantica. “Each chef knows the Chicago market very well and has thoughtfully curated a concept that allows them to bring something new and exciting to the city. We’re looking forward to opening our doors and sharing a unique dining experience with the city of Chicago.
Fulton Galley is anticipated to open this June and will serve lunch, brunch and dinner, alongside a lively bar program. As the opening approaches, more details will be released with news of what guests can expect at Fulton Galley.