One Eleven Food Hall and restaurant incubator aims to enrich food scene in Pullman

Published in Chicago Tribune, October 22nd, 2018

By Grace Wong - Contact Reporter

Rachel Bernier-Green remembers driving through Pullman on her way to church with her family and seeing the desolate community. Not many people lived there, and food options were scarce.

She’s hoping to help change that. Her bakery, Laine’s Bake Shop, is one of the restaurants planned for One Eleven Food Hall (720-712 E. 111th St.), slated to open early next year. Ideally, the project will bring diverse dining options to the Far South Side as part of the ongoing transformation in Pullman.

“The entire reason why we exist is to connect people through authentic good food and catalyze revitalization in urban communities on the South Side of Chicago,” Bernier-Green said. “To do that in the neighborhood where that all started for me carries a lot of significance.”

There are four spaces planned for the food hall: Laine’s Bake Shop will make pastries and coffee, catering especially to the needs of the morning crowd; Majani Restaurant will serve vegan food; and Exquisite Catering, which has catered events for celebrities like Beyonce and Chance the Rapper, will make all kinds of breakfast, lunch and dinner foods. The last space will house a rotating pop-up.

The creators of One Eleven Food Hall want to make it clear that the new food hall is actually more of a restaurant incubator. James Gray, CEO of Calibrate Coaching, which is managing and operating One Eleven, said he hopes each of the three restaurants will use the food hall as a launching point to one day open a stand-alone location, hopefully in Pullman.

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