Construction is underway at the former Southport Lanes site, and the second restaurant has been announced by The Boka Group – Little Goat. Little Goat will join GG’s Chicken Shop, along with another restaurant yet to be announced.
From our post last fall, “The former Southport Lanes in Lake View will become home to three dining concepts operated by Boka Restaurant Group. Chicago-based Boka confirmed that it will open the restaurants next year in the building at 3325 N. Southport Avenue. Boka has leased the property from Steve Soble, who closed the more than century-old Southport Lanes in September 2020 because of the pandemic and chose not to reopen.”
Sugargoat was the rumor on the street right after GG’s Chicken Shop was first announced. The other concept that is still rumored to come is “Sushi” suggesting Boka’s Momotaro Restaurant.
And from Eater Chicago, “Little Goat, the bustling all-day diner from Top Chef champion and celebrated Chicago chef Stephanie Izard, will leave its decade-old home in the West Loop in early 2023 for new digs in Lakeview. The diner will join two other Boka Group restaurants — GGs Chicken Shop from Boka executive chef Lee Wolen and an as-yet-unannounced venue — inside the 122-year-old building that previously housed the historic Southport Lanes at 3325 N. Southport Avenue.“
Little Goat will seat just 50 — a third of the West Loop location’s capacity — and offer three meals a day. It will likely share some back-of-house operations, such as dishwashing and storage, with the other Boka restaurants in the building.
But each will have a separate entrance and distinctive design to set it apart from its neighbors. “Going back more than a decade, Stephanie’s vision was to have a little diner,” says Katz. “What’s happening on Southport is that it’s really going to be a Little Goat Diner.”
You can view Little Goat’s current menu here.
What do you think about Southport’s latest addition?