Richard Sandoval Plans An Eataly-Like Center For Latin American Food Culture In ChicagoFebruary 20, 2014
Chef-restaurateur Richard Sandoval is planning an Eataly-like collection of restaurants and retail shops with a Latin American theme in a downtown Chicago development called Block 37. He hopes to have what he is calling “a Latin American cultural center,” which has no formal name yet, open by November this year within a 24,000-square-foot space with seating for 350 or more spread out among a dozen eateries. The various dining “stations” will feature everything from Mexican tacos to crudo and ceviche and Spanish flatbreads.
Beverages will be featured, with Sandoval expecting to sell Latin American and Spanish wines, beers and Tequilas and Mezcals both on premise and at a retail shop for off-premise consumption. “I’ll own and operate everything, with the help of an amazing team I’m putting together,” says Sandoval, operator of 40 restaurants around the world, including The Commissary, a food court in the Downtown Grand Las Vegas casino and hotel. “The Commissary is much smaller in scale at 7,000 square feet,” says Sandoval, who already has three brothers working in Chicago as owners of Mercadito Hospitality.