Oooh Wee It Is! Will Bring Soul Food With a Twist to Two New Locations This Fall

The restaurant has big plans for its expansion, with games, live music and lobster and jerk chicken pop tarts served in a toaster oven.
Oooh Wee It Is! Will Bring Soul Food With a Twist to Two New Locations This Fall
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It’s hasn’t yet been a year since Oooh Wee It Is! opened in Burnham, but one thing is clear: Locals are ravenous for the restaurant’s “soul food with a twist.” Since its launch in November 2020, Oooh Wee has gone on to add a second outpost in Chatham — and it’s now gearing up to open two more locations this fall, according to Block Club Chicago.

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Oooh Wee’s third restaurant is set to open Nov. 15 in Wicker Park at the former location of Angry Pig Tavern at 2039 West North Avenue, and the fourth is slated for Dec. 1 in Beverly at 1979 West 111th Street. Co-owner Mark Walker, who started the restaurant with his wife Shea, told Block Club that its Wicker Park location will have live music, board games and exclusive menu items, including lobster and jerk chicken pop tarts that will be brought to the table in a toaster oven. The Beverly outpost will be focused mainly on take-out and will serve as a command post for Oooh Wee’s food trucks and catering business.

Oooh Wee’s menu includes soul food classics like fried catfish, oxtails, grits, yams, greens with turkey meat and mac and cheese — plus burgers, salads and desserts — with some unique items at each location. Its Chatham location also has a cereal bar, where guests can grab a bowl of one of 75 different types of cereal.

What Now Chicago has reached out to Mark Walker for comment.

Helen Floersh

Helen Floersh

Helen Floersh is a writer based in Los Angeles. She previously was a staff reporter at the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, where she covered retail, hospitality, health care and biotechnology.
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