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Meatheads Restaurant To Open In Lincolnwood

It will be a freestanding building, unlike most of the chain's other locations in malls. It features burgers, salads, chicken sandwiches and more.

By Pam DeFiglio

Meatheads, a Chicago-based fast-casual restaurant chain, will open its 13th restaurant in October at 6734 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood.

Meatheads serves burgers made from fresh Angus beef as well as chicken tenders, a wedge salad, veggie melts, chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese and New England-style hot dogs. The French fries are cut every day and cooked by a chef in omega-rich oil as part of a 32-step process, according to a statement. 
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The Lincolnwood location will be a new-construction freestanding location, which is different from most of the chain's other locations, in malls. The company said the Lincolnwood site is giving it a chance to design a prototype for other free-standing locations. 

The Lincolnwood shop is a  2,200 square foot stand-alone building with a 700 square foot seating mezzanine and a covered patio space, the company said. Like other locations, the restaurant is near several schools, parks and a public library.

“We wanted to create a space that could become a model for future standalone locations,” said Jednorowicz. “We maintained the family design elements seen in other our other restaurants, like the horseshoe booths and community murals, but we also included a few more modern elements like blending natural wood, masonry and metal, that you’ll see on the exterior.”

Some facts about the new location include:

  • Space: 2200 square foot interior, with a 700 square foot seating mezzanine and a patio area (no drive-thru)

  • 68 seats on the main floor, 26 on mezzanine, 34 on covered patio area

  • 14 tables, 7 booths, 1 community table

  • Coke Freestyle machine

  • Exterior: Masonry with Hardi-Board and Metal siding. Cedar feature wall at Patio. Large covered outdoor patio area

  • A specialized mural featuring the Lincolnwood community

  • Designs by Kitty Carlson, OHR Consulting, Inc.

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Founded in 2007, Meatheads now has 13 Chicagoland area locations: Barrington, Bloomington, Champaign, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Glen Ellyn, Lincolnwood, Naperville, Normal, Northbrook, Roscoe Village, Schaumburg and Willowbrook.

The company also says it is big on community involvement. It offers a summer reading program for kids and awards to local high school athletes.

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