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In the News: Kuma's bringing burgers to Fulton Market


Heavy metal-themed burger joint Kuma's Corner is cranking up the volume on expansion.

Up next: a restaurant on the ground floor of the planned Brooklyn Bowl live music and bowling venue in the Fulton Market District.

Kuma's Corner, known for ear-splitting music and burgers named after metal bands — including Black Sabbath, Slayer, Iron Maiden and Mastodon — has leased space in the development at 832-856 W. Fulton Market, said owner Ron Cain.

The 3,800-square-foot restaurant, Kuma's fifth location, is expected to open around February, Cain said. After that, it plans a 2018 opening in north suburban Vernon Hills, while also eyeing locations in Denver, Milwaukee and Nashville, Tenn., he said.

"We're looking to grow this thing," Cain said.

His brother, Mike, opened the original Kuma's in Avondale in 2005. Ron Cain led the effort to open in Lakeview in 2013, and in Schaumburg and Indianapolis in 2015, and has bought the brand from his brother, he said.

Kuma's plans to open about one restaurant per year for the next several years, Cain said.

His restaurant is the first tenant to join New York-based Brooklyn Bowl, which plans to open in the development by Convexity Properties. Convexity is the real estate investment arm of trader Don Wilson's Chicago-based DRW Holdings.

Read more at Crain's Chicago Business.