As you may have heard, Lululemon has opened a new “experiential store” in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood – a store that not only has traditional retail space, but also tons of bells and bells. whistles, including workout studios, fitness classes and a restaurant. Which, of course, begs the very important question: what’s on the menu at Lululemon Restaurant? Fuel Space, as it’s called, covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even drinks – and, as Delish notes, exactly what the ‘restaurant-meets-cafe’ serves might surprise you. .
Located at 944 W. North Avenue in Chicago, the new Lululemon experiential store first opened on July 11. four NBA basketball courts combined. The first floor is all about retail, but the second floor not only has retail space, but also three workout studios, locker rooms and showers and, of course, a fuel room. As Celeste Burgoyne, executive vice president of global innovation for Lululemon customers in the Americas, told CNBC, buyers today are often “looking for more than a deal” – and the new Lululemon store plans to fill this niche.
Fuel Space offers take-out and eat-in options (and there’s free Wi-Fi on-site if you dine there), as well as the ability to pre-order online. Selections that suit most types of needs or dietary preferences are available whether you’re vegan or on the Whole30. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
A full menu has yet to be released to the public (or at least it hasn’t been posted on the internet at the time of this writing) – but a number of reports on the restaurant give us a pretty good idea of what we can expect. the restaurant, both in terms of broad menu categories and in terms of a few specific items in particular. Here’s a look at what’s currently available:
Naturally, a restaurant located inside a Lululemon store would have smoothies; what fitness-oriented restaurant wouldn’t? Eater reports that the smoothies offered at Fuel Space, which include flavors like “Strawberry Pleased To Meet You” and “You’re Kale’n It,” are mostly sweetened with dates instead of honey to make them workable for diets. vegans or keto. . Additionally, Delish notes that the smoothies contain “hot ingredients like MCT oil, chia seeds, and marine collagen”; Plus, they can apparently be ordered before any classes you take in the store’s workout space so they’re ready to be picked up when you’re done sweating.
And not just any burgers – burgers of all kinds, including options for carnivores and vegans and vegetarians in the crowd. The cheeseburger Delish described, which is topped with cheddar, caramelized onions, and applewood-smoked bacon, should appeal to many meat eaters; Meanwhile, for those on a plant-based diet, there’s also a Beyond Meat burger topped with roasted mushrooms, avocado, and sriracha ketchup on the menu, according to CNBC. Black bean burgers are also available, if neither beef nor beef-flavored foods, although made from plants, does that for you.
Lots and lots of bowls. Acai bowls. Powerful bowls filled with kale and roasted sweet potatoes. More bowls of power, this time fueled by grains of wheat. Protein boxes (although to be fair, they’re not technically balls, but whatever). Bowls on bowls on bowls.
4. Bone broth
Bone Broth has had something of A Moment over the past few years, so it’s no surprise that cups of this product are on the fuel space menu. Among the many health benefits touted by followers of bone broth are its richness in vitamins and minerals, anti-inflammatory properties, and joint strengthening abilities.
Like smoothies, salads are likely to be expected in a fitness-oriented restaurant or café; these, however, appear to be more than just a bunch of leafy greens. Eater describes a “citrus salad” made with watercress, radicchio, edamame, radish, fennel, citrus and a few unexpected ingredients like “lemon granola” and edible flowers that sound delicious; it is topped with a poppy seed dressing. Other options include a smoked carrot hummus salad (by Eater) and a roasted beet salad (according to Delish).
6. Coffee, tea and kombucha
Everything from cold nitro brew to pure espresso is on the cafe menu; Additionally, according to Eater, the espresso machine works with beans supplied by Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee mainstay. Praised as much for the art of decorating its bags of beans as for the beans themselves, Dark Matter has been fueling caffeine-loving Chicagoans for a decade now. There’s also tea available, by Delish – and kombucha, which is apparently served in cask. Ooooh. Aaaaah.
Specifically, fancy toast. There is avocado toast, of course – there To to be right? – but Eater also has a photo of a pretty tasty option called ‘beet and flower toast,’ which appears to be topped with a creamy spread (cream cheese, maybe?), Sliced beets, and of edible flowers.
Fuel Space has a liquor license, CNBC reports, so wine, beer, and cocktails are all available. It’s unclear if Lululemon’s Curiosity Lager, which she made in partnership with Vancouver’s Stanley Park Brewing in 2015, is on the menu – but according to Eater, local Chicago Marz Community Brewing has provided plenty of options. with pressure. Marz, who owns a taproom near McKinley Park, was founded in 201; it moved to its current premises in 2018.
9. Chocolate coated bacon
Literally every report on Fuel Space points to the fact that chocolate coated bacon is on the snack menu. Damn, and yes.
It should be noted, by the way, that the Fuel Space menu can always change over time. Not only is it common – and even recommended – for restaurants and cafes to change things up from time to time, Fuel Space was designed to be versatile. As Eater observes, “Fad diets come and go”; as such, the keto or paleo diets that are popular today may not necessarily maintain this popularity over time. As a result, Executive Chef Paul Larson and Lululemon’s VP of Experiential Retailing Maureen Erickson both highlighted the flexibility of the Fuel Space menu. As Erickson told Eater, “Trends change, and we want to make sure that we always stay on trend and we [have] what they need.
Either way, however, it looks like a few key things will remain, no matter how much everything else changes: the emphasis is on fresh, nutritious, and delicious dishes that will suit a variety of needs and preferences. food – and Instagram accounts. Did I mention that the restaurant is apparently beautifully lit? Because it is. Just, you know, in case you get into the habit of having a dish from your lunch before you eat it.
Learn more about the new Lululemon Chicago store here.