Tata’s Tacos and Hops & Scotch Coming to The Cooper at Southbank in Chicago’s Printers Row

  • 12 Oct 2021

Lendlease (ASX: LLC), a leading global real estate group, today announced two new retail leases at The Cooper, its 29-story luxury apartment high-rise located at 720 S. Wells St. in Chicago’s Printers Row. Tatas Tacos will open its fourth Chicago restaurant, while Hops & Scotch, a new bottle shop concept from the owners behind South Loop Market, will open its first location.

“From the beginning, Southbank has been rooted in community, so we were proud to partner with local businesses like Tatas Tacos and Hops & Scotch that, like us, were drawn to this prime riverfront location,” said Ted Weldon, executive general manager of development for Lendlease’s Chicago office. “The experiential nature of these retail and restaurant concepts, together with existing public offerings like Southbank Park and its adjacent riverwalk, will further establish Southbank as a destination for those who do not already call our community home."

Tatas Tacos, which is slated to open in spring 2022, will fill a 5,643-square-foot space on the northern end of the tower. With seating for up to 150 patrons, it will be the largest of the chain’s four locations and serve everything from their popular Mexican Classic and Craft Tacos to more formal plated meals. A brunch menu will also be available on weekends.

“COVID has shown us all how important it is to get out there and connect with one another. People want more than food; they want an experience,” said Tatas Tacos owner, Marci Berner. “We are blessed to have the opportunity to provide great food and a welcoming environment to a new neighborhood in Chicago, one which we already have loyal customers.”

The restaurant’s interior bar will be complemented by an outdoor bar and eating area overlooking Southbank Park and the adjacent river. Flexible design elements will accommodate regular programming, including comedy showcases, art viewings, lotería game nights and more.

A new endeavor from the owners of South Loop Market, Hops & Scotch is scheduled to open later this year. The 1,286-square-foot storefront will offer a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits – including locally sourced brands – as well as non-alcoholic beverages, mixers and grab-and-go food items.

“Our goal with Hops & Scotch is to put a new spin on an already successful model while expanding the retail options available to new and longtime residents of the neighborhood,” said Jamil Kanan, who founded South Loop Market with his brother, Samir in 2009. “As someone who has lived in the South Loop and operated a business here for many years, I wanted to be at the forefront of new residential and commercial development along Wells Street, spurred in part by infrastructure projects like the Wells-Wentworth Connector.” 

Delivered in 2018, The Cooper is the first phase of Lendlease’s 7-acre Southbank development. The 452-unit community features studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as larger penthouse units and rental townhomes that wrap the base of the tower. Lendlease recently broke ground on Southbank’s second residential tower, The Reed, which will offer a collection of 216 condos atop 224 apartments, with completion scheduled for 2023.

The Cooper and The Reed are situated around Southbank Park, a 2-acre green space developed and maintained by Lendlease as an amenity for residents and neighbors in the surrounding community. The park serves as a staging area for yoga events, food truck fests and other community programming. An adjacent riverwalk, which creates a pedestrian connection between Harrison and Polk streets, features a viewing platform, seating areas and natural stone amphitheater. Subsequent phases call for a kayak launch and water taxi stop that will improve connectivity between downtown and neighborhoods farther south.

About Lendlease:

Lendlease is a leading global real estate group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our purpose is to create value through places where communities thrive. 

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 10,800 employees internationally.  

Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers. Our integrated approach means we harness the expertise in infrastructure, design, development, investments and management to deliver a project from conception to completion.  

In the US, Lendlease Development brings over 60 years of global experience to bear in urbanization, communities and infrastructure development. Leveraging our placemaking expertise and integrated business model, we are committed to delivering transformational urbanization projects and investments in gateway cities that generate social, environmental and economic value.

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The Cooper at Southbank, located at 720 S. Wells St. in Chicago’s Printers Row, will soon be home to a new Tatas Tacos restaurant and Hops & Scotch bottle shop.