The retail experience at 900 North Michigan Shops is about to get a major upgrade: Come 2018, shoppers can expect a multi-level food and beverage hall from Brendan Sodikoff, the founder and CEO of Hogsalt Hospitality. (He's the dude behind Au Cheval, Green Street Meats, Doughnut Vault and Maude’s Liquor Bar—to name a few.)
Though the details are sparse, Sodikoff is no stranger to food halls and retail spaces, making this project particularly intriguing. Just consider what he did with Restoration Hardware's 3 Arts Club Cafe, arguably one of the city's most Instagrammed spaces, which houses a restaurant, coffee shop and wine bar. Then there's 3 Greens Market, his take on a petite food hall. The River North space boasts a loaded salad bar, pastries, burgers from Small Cheval and pastrami sandwiches from Dillman's.
“My goal is to create an ambiance filled with human interaction and unexpected moments that feel good," Sodikoff said in a press release. "We are thrilled to create something completely new—a mechanism to enhance the multi-sensory journey throughout 900.”
The culinary experience is just one of four phases of upgrades happening at 900 North Michigan over the next year or so. Once the entrance and interior are gussied up, Sodikoff will restructure the food and beverage offerings into a "multi-vendor concept." So does that mean you'll be able to grab an Au Cheval burger after hitting Bloomingdale's? Let's not get ahead of ourselves. We don't know what his plans are just yet, but his past projects hint that we might see an iteration of that famous burger somewhere on the Mag Mile. Until then, we'll satisfy our cravings for the real deal in the West Loop.