Muscle Maker Grill to Open Their Third Ghost Kitchen Location in Chicago’s Wabash Neighborhood

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Burleson, Texas, Sep 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Burleson, Texas, Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Muscle Maker, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRIL) the parent company of Muscle Maker Grill, Healthy Joe’s & MMG Burger Bar, a fast-casual concept known for serving “healthier for you” meals, today announced that it has opened its third out of five ghost kitchen locations in Chicago. The location opened its doors on Friday September 18th and is located in the Wabash neighborhood of Chicago. Wabash is home to roughly 70,000 employees stemming from employers like JP Morgan Chase and Accenture. The neighborhood also supports many universities and medical centers giving this new ghost kitchen location the ability to reach over 50,000 students and faculty who are looking for healthy food delivered fast.

The remaining two locations in Chicago will be open by Thanksgiving and will give the company complete coverage throughout the entire city of Chicago. Muscle Maker Grill plans to open its first location with a new ghost kitchen partner, Reef Kitchens in Union City, NJ in a few weeks and will also roll out two additional ghost kitchens in Philadelphia in the next 60 days. Muscle Maker Grill already has brand recognition in Philadelphia as it has a traditional brick and mortar location in northern Philadelphia and two surrounding New Jersey area locations.

Michael Roper, CEO of Muscle Maker Grill, commented, “In short order we will have all five ghost kitchen locations open in Chicago. The Wabash neighborhood location will complement our Superior location well given that they both will service a large population of students and workers. The Muscle Maker team is working non-stop to ensure we meet our opening goals in a timely fashion and to date we are doing a great job. A tremendous amount of planning has gone into our ghost kitchen initiative and we are excited to start earning revenue on each open location. Stay tuned to additional ghost kitchen location openings to be announced in the coming weeks ahead.”

About Muscle Maker Grill

Founded in 1995 in Colonia, New Jersey, Muscle Maker Grill features high quality, great tasting food, freshly prepared with proprietary recipes. The menu, created with the guest’s health in mind, is lean and protein based. It features all-natural chicken, grass fed steak, lean turkey, whole wheat pasta, wraps, bowls and more. It also offers a wide selection of fruit smoothies in a variety of assorted flavors, protein shakes and supplements. For more information on Muscle Maker Grill, visit www.musclemakergrill.com.

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Chicago’s Fascinating ‘House on the Roof’ Is a Penthouse Without Parallel

The key feature of this Chicago residence? It’s both a penthouse and a house, a three-bedroom home artfully perched on top of a building from the 1890s.

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When you think of a penthouse in Chicago, your mind wanders to a long elevator ride, at least 30 stories up. We’ve found a unit, however, that breaks that mold.

On the market for $850,000, this two-level penthouse is perched on a building with only eight other units.

The listing details aptly describes it as a “house on the roof”: a three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home artfully perched on top of a building dating to the 1890s.


To access the 2,533-square-foot unit, you take a historic elevator to the eighth floor, followed by a jaunt up a flight of steps.

In something of a “secret” building, it’s listed with Bohdan Gorczynski of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago.

“Many people who have lived in the neighborhood for years don’t even realize it’s there,” he says.



“If you go to the next block,” he adds, “you’ll see glass high-rises. The character of the South Loop is changing.”

This is a unique time capsule in the city’s Printers Row neighborhood, an area within the South Loop developed as residential living in the late 1980s, after the demise of the printing industry.

Although the building dates to 1892, this unit was updated in the later part of the last century.


An open floor plan means that moving through the living room, dining room, and kitchen is a breeze, while the upstairs features a loft.

And its key feature? It’s a penthouse and a house.

None of the comparables, Gorczynski says, offer anything like it. One reason are the views—both inside and out.


“Whenever I come back to this unit,” he says, “the first thing I do is look through the windows. It has great light and views of the city—the urban cityscape and the high-rises.”

Exterior of Chicago penthouse

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Open layout

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Living and dining rooms

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Kitchen

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Upper-level loft space

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Upper-level loft

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One of the bedrooms

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The seller, whose husband is an architect, bought the property for $875,000 in 2017, when she took a position at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art.

The couple recently returned to California and listed the penthouse. They weren’t able to complete their renovation plans and had never moved in.

The ideal buyer is “a creative spirit” and “someone who will envision this restoration,” Gorczynski says.


Necessary restorations will include installing new windows and gutting all three bathrooms, which were last updated in the late 1980s.

The unit also includes ample storage in the building’s basement and a private terrace.

This is a penthouse with lots of privacy, a bonus during the pandemic. Because there are only nine units in the building, potential buyers have been intrigued by the property.

“This is what appeals

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