The flash in the pan that was Red Robin Burger Works in Evanston will soon be replaced by noodle bowls.

Eater reports that Furious Spoon, a fast-growing Chicago-based chain of ramen noodle shops, is planning to open in the now-vacant space at 1700 Maple Ave.

Executive Chef Shin Thompson, with his noodles, in an image from the Furious Spoon website.

Furious Spoon’s executive chef, Shin Thompson, grew up in Evanston. The chain, backed by Managing Partner Anshul Mangal, got its start in 2015 in Wicker Park, has three Chicago shops open now and is also planning to open two more in Chicago over the next few months.

The Evanston Furious Spoon is planned to have 50 seats in a 2,000 square foot space and will adding beef and ahi tuna poke bowls to the menu.

Red Robin would be in competition for the fastest entry and exit from the local restaurant scene. The Burger Works shop was announced in June 2015, opened in March 2016 and closed in October, as the parent Red Robin chain pulled back from the quick-serve Burger Works concept in Illinois.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Om Nom!

    Really excited about this! Evanston has plenty of local burger places, but we could definitely use more ramen options. And who would have thought, poke bowls in Evanston!

    1. Tough sell ?

      To non-foodies, we only here of Ramen noodle from starving students who have to eat VERY cheap. Will probably take work to sell people on them.

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