PILSEN — Pandemic delays and “exorbitant” material costs have delayed the opening of the Pilsen site of the Sultan’s Market, but the owner says it is still happening.
Owner Shadi Ramli said he bought the building at 1738 W. 18th St. — the former home of the Nitecap Coffee Bar — more than two years ago, but it was difficult to do anything on the site during the pandemic. He said some material costs had skyrocketed and the project’s original schedule had been “exploded”.
“We have no idea when it will open,” Ramli said. “The building is in a great location, it just needs a lot of love.”
Ramli said he has been very well received by locals who are excited about the new restaurant, which will serve Middle Eastern cuisine. The store will offer the same full menu and salad bar as the Sultan’s other locations and will include outdoor seating.
Ramli and his family, originally from Jordan, opened Sultan’s first market at 2057 W. North Ave in Wicker Park in 1995. After years of success, the family expanded to 2521 N. Clark St in Lincoln Park there about a decade ago, and 2204 N. California Ave. in Logan Square in September 2020.
Ramli also said he was still considering Bridgeport as a potential fifth location.
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