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Seafood West Loop

On Tuesday, April 19, Smack Shack, a Minneapolis-based modern seafood eatery, will open its doors in the West Loop neighborhood (326 N. Morgan St.), launching the second-ever location. Offering a menu of casual, seafood grub, the restaurant will occupy an industrial, coastal-inspired space in the Google building.

Owner Josh Thoma is set to bring his fresh and sustainable seafood staples to Chicago, along with city-inspired options. Favorites include the Lobster Rolls (Original and Connecticut-style), Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy and Smack Shack’s signature Lobster Boil – anchored in the middle of the 10,000-square foot space, a 100-gallon boil will showcase his signature style (to really make a splash!). To complement the dishes, an array of handmade cocktails will be available.

Thomas began his journey by purchasing a food truck in 2010, naming it “Smack Shack,” and serving up fresh lobster rolls for the local community. After tremendous success – like the brand’s partnership with The 1029 Bar and a stint on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” – the team settled into their brick and mortar flagship location in Minneapolis. Setting their eyes on a second location, the team is eager to set up shop in Chicago and cater to the city’s seafood lovers.


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