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Willis Tower’s First Full-Service Restaurant Slated for 2022 Opening

Chicago’s Fifty/50 Group will debut the first full-service restaurant at EQ Office’s Willis Tower, currently undergoing a $500-million renovation. Kindling, a char-house style culinary experience, is slated to open in 2022. 

Fifty/50 Group’s latest concept will occupy a two-story space and outdoor terrace at the corner of Franklin St. and Adams St., as part of Catalog, Willis Tower’s dining, retail and entertainment experience. 

“For our first full-service restaurant, we sought out prominent restaurant operators in Chicago that reflect Willis’ ethos and would complement our vision,” said David Moore, SVP and portfolio director at EQ Office. “We met and quickly fell in love with Fifty/50’s concept. The name of the restaurant, Kindling, refers to our shared purpose – to kindle new connections and inspire new relationships.” 

Fifty/50 Group is one of Chicago’s fastest growing hospitality groups. It owns and operates 14 restaurants and bars across the city. 


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EQ’s Moore

About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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