Local sandwich shop Taylor Gourmet has signed a lease to open a location in downtown Chicago. As first reported by DCist, the homegrown chain — which currently operates a dozen locations in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia — has inked a deal to export its Philly-style hoagies to 1 N. Dearborn Street in the Windy City, although no official opening date has been set.
The burgeoning chain plans to celebrate the westward expansion by giving away Chicago-style hot dogs — “Neon relish and all,” a company spokesman told Eater — on Thursday, May 11 during the grand opening of its 13th shop at 1401 K Street NW.
Former President Barack Obama visited the Taylor Gourmet near the White House in 2012 and 2013. Co-founder Casey Patten came under fire earlier this year after he participated in a small business event organized by President Donald Trump.
The nine-year-old company refreshed its flagship location in the Atlas District and brought on a new culinary director in March.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns alum Kyle Bailey has become the inaugural member of the Dock to Dish seafood-sourcing initiative in D.C. In joining the sustainably minded cooperative, Bailey has linked The Salt Line — the forthcoming project he’s developing with Long Shot Hospitality in Navy Yard — to a food chain that will ensure his seafood comes from within 150 miles of the restaurant. One such supplier is Old Line Fish Co., located in Annapolis, Md.