It is the third restaurant they’ve opened in the city. The first Chicago Red Robin Burger Works opened on Michigan and Wacker on June 23, 2014. Two weeks later, their Chicago Ave location opened. The newest shop opened on February 9 at Madison and Wells.
Another location will soon be opening at Lake and Wells. After that, Red Robin Burger Works plans to branch out of the Loop, although future locations are not yet confirmed.
While Red Robin was a beloved presence in the suburbs, breaking into downtown areas proved a challenge, explains Rob Geresi, V.P. of Operations. Space for the traditional Red Robin model was hard to come by, thus the company decided to try a quick-service concept to bring their burgers into the city.
With the specialty burger bracket heating up, Red Robin Burger Works has a number of elements working in its favor. As an already established brand, the chain has spent decades finding out what pleases their customers. Their 10 most popular burgers, the best of the best, are what have made it onto the Burger Works menu.
While the menu is only a third the size of a traditional Red Robin, there is no lack of variety. Diners can customize toppings and choose from beef, chicken, turkey, and veggie patties. Sides like steak fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings are available, as well as sweet shakes to top off the meal.
With the promise of food served up in five minutes or less, it is a welcome option for office workers in Chicago’s downtown area.
Overwhelmed by options? Go for Geresi’s favorite: the Whiskey River BBQ Burger, with bourbon BBQ sauce, cheddar, and crispy onion straws. You’ll never be without a satisfying lunch hour again.