March 11, 2019

Soul Food Restaurant Opens on 53rd

Soul Shack's Chicken and Waffles.

Soul Shack's Chicken and Waffles.

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The Soul Shack, a soul food restaurant offering classics ranging from jerk chicken to fried green tomatoes and lemon pepper fried okra, opened Sunday, March 10, on the corner of East 53rd Street and South Kenwood Avenue.

The restaurant is the latest undertaking of the owners of Mikkey’s Retro Grill and LiteHouse Grill, and replaces the space’s previous occupant, Wingers, a diner that closed last year.

Main course options include a $15 chicken and waffles plate, $32 lollipop lamb chops, and a $42 surf and turf.


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The Soul Shack is the second Southern food restaurant to open on East 53rd Street in recent months, after high-end Virtue replaced A10 on South Harper Avenue late last year.

The Soul Shack is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Owner Rico Nance did not respond to The Maroon’s request for comment.

Clarification on March 20, 2019, 9:18 p.m. CDT:

The article was updated to reflect that Virtue is a Southern food restaurant, rather than a "soul food" establishment as previously stated.