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South Side’s First Food Hall Opens In Pullman Featuring 3 African-American Chefs: ‘We Did Something Here. We Really Did’

Laine’s Bake Shop, Exquisite Catering and Events and Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine set up shop in the 111th Gateway Retail Center.

Jamie Golden Nesbitt – May 17th 2019

EAST PULLMAN — A historic neighborhood once considered a food desert is now home to the first food hall ever to open south of Roosevelt Road.

Thursday’s grand opening of One Eleven Food Hall at 756 East 111th Street, also makes it the first venue to feature three African-American chefs.

Three restaurants — Laine’s Bake Shop, Exquisite Catering and Events and Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine — have set up shop in the 111th Gateway Retail Center, which opened in October 2017.

The food hall restaurants join Potbelly, Walmart, Planet Fitness, Ross Dress for Less and the Blue Door Neighborhood Center, a community health and wellness hub operated by Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois.

Residents of Pullman and Roseland met today to join (left to right): Charlie Corrigan, VP, JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Michael Altheimer, Miro Construction; James Gray, Calibrate Coaching; Chef Naysa, Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine; Ciere Boatright, VP CNI, Real Estate & Inclusion; 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale; Chef Tiffany Williams, Exquisite Catering & Events; Rachel Bernier-Green, Laine’s Bake Shop; and Lou Leonardi, EVP, Wintrust to celebrate the first food hall on the South Side and ongoing renewal of the historic community.

This is the second location for Majani’s Soulful Vegan Cuisine, a healthy dining option from husband and wife team Tsadakeeyah and Nasya Emmanuel, who opened their South Shore restaurant in June 2017.

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