Bones Are Up For Roots in the South Loop

Soon there will be another option for getting the taste of Bettendorf, Iowa right in the heart of Chicago.  South Loop Spy Joel sent in the photograph below showing the steel is up for the city’s fourth Roots Pizza location.

November 2019 construction of Roots Pizza South Loop (Courtesy of South Loop Spy Joel)
November 2019 construction of Roots Pizza South Loop (Courtesy of South Loop Spy Joel)

Roots is a mini-chain of pizza joints that is owned by a Chicago company, but serves Quad Cities-style pizza.  That seems to be crust with malt in it, crumbled sausage on top, and the ‘zza cut into strips with shears.  People whose second grade report card included “runs with scissors” in the “needs improvement” column need not apply.

There have been several development proposals for this location at 744 South Dearborn Street in the last decade or so, including both seven- and 15-story residential buildings.

LG Development is putting up the 9,600-square-foot building for The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group.  LG’s web page about this project includes this artichoke:

The retractable roof will highlight the premiere indoor/outdoor dining space in the South Loop. Roots will pursue licensing to allow live music and DJs and the décor will create an ambiance to reflect a destination for nightlife, entertainment, and heavily produced corporate events.

We think that’s real estate talk for “oontz oontz oontz oontz.”

Location: 744 South Dearborn Street, South Loop

Author: Editor

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