Redevelopment work is underway for a masonry commercial building at 910 W Randolph Street in the Fulton Market District, paving the way for a new two-story restaurant venue. Recently filed sign permits show that the restaurant will be Velvet Taco’s third Chicago location.
Connect Media reported in January 2020 that the former 4,626-square-foot retail venue was purchased for $1.75 million. Permits later issued in December 2020 show that the filing owner Christian Chavez and occupying owner Stephen Wall have planned to demolish the building’s interior core to allow for new partitions and floors. The new programming will be laid out to house a dining and kitchen area on the first floor and additional dining space on the second. The basement area will also be refitted to accommodate food preparation, storage, and the existing utilities.
Hirsch MPG is the architect behind the project. No renderings of the project could be found, though design alterations appear to be primarily within the interior based on permit descriptions.
The site lies along the vibrant Randolph Street corridor with a variety of retail and dining options to the east. Future diners and workers will also have close access to multiple public transportation options. North and southbound bus stops for Route 8 can be found via a four-minute walk east near the Halsted & Randolph intersection. Further access within a five-minute walk includes east and westbound stops for Route 20, located to the south at Madison & Peoria. For the CTA L, the Green and Pink Lines at Morgan station are available less than a three-minute walk northwest.
Level Construction Inc. is the general contractor behind the roughly $750,000 conversion. A construction timeline is not yet known, and Velvet Taco has not announced an opening date for its new restaurant.