The first time the team’s owner, Anthony Precourt, brought a bunch of his employees to work every morning, the answer was no.
That’s because there were too many other things to do in the office.
In an era when the NFL is struggling to build a stadium in Chicago and Chicago is trying to build its own arena, a new food delivery service would be a way for the team to make money without the distraction of a football team.
But the company’s CEO, Michael Smith, says the restaurant will make the city a little healthier.
“It’s not going to replace our football team, but it’s going to be a positive,” he said.
The first Chicago-area location will open in downtown, in the heart of the city’s commercial district, near the Sears Tower.
The company’s first restaurant will be in a building near the South Loop train station.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the move “a great opportunity for the people of Chicago and for the whole world to have a better food experience,” and it will open this month.
The city’s food delivery business has been booming since 2015, and the company has grown from a handful of locations to more than 1,000.
It’s currently based in New York City, but the company plans to open a new office in the city later this year.
In its first three months of operation, the company made about $1 million in revenue.
The delivery service will take up a corner of the new Sears Tower at the corner of Michigan and Michigan, the site of the team stadium, but will also include a bar inside the building, an outdoor patio, a patio at the top of the building and more.
Smith says the company will offer delivery in both English and Mandarin, and that it’s planning to add more languages in the future.
“We will expand the food delivery to Mandarin, but I also know that people in China will be interested in delivering Chinese food,” Smith said.
He hopes that Chicago will have at least one location for delivery within the next year or so.
For now, the team is focused on the stadium.
“The only thing that’s changed since we got here was that we’re really excited about where the stadium is,” Precourt said.
“There’s no question that the stadium will be the biggest catalyst for us moving forward, because we have a lot of great fans in Chicago.”
Smith said that the team will also be adding a team shop, catering service and more restaurants in the building as it expands.
“At the end of the day, we’re just here to make good food,” he added.
“If the team has something that we can use to improve our customer experience, that would be great.”