Johnny Rockets returning to downtown Chicago

By Becky Yerak
Posted July 19, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

Johnny Rockets, a restaurant chain whose theme is inspired by the diners of the 1950s, has returned to downtown Chicago with two express locations that share space with Halsted Street Deli.

A new franchised Johnny Rockets will hold its grand opening Friday at 177 N. State St., in space it shares with Halsted Street Deli. Another shared location opened around Memorial Day weekend at 30 N. LaSalle.

The two Johnny Rockets locations, whose menu items include hamburgers, fries and shakes, feature a scaled down menu and place a greater emphasis on faster service than the typical Johnny Rockets, said Lana Duval, sales and marketing director for Halsted Street Deli.

The dual-branded units have separate services lines, with guests ordering at the counter.

Johnny Rockets has five other Illinois locations, but a downtown location at 901 N. Rush St. closed a couple of years ago.

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  1. Matt July 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Mediocre food with a theme. Hooray.

  2. in Chicago July 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I think you mean Labor Day weekend.

  3. Ly July 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I saw a lady (an employee) wearing the Johnny Rockets shirt on Friday and got all excited! I started wondering to myself where the heck they are. I used to eat there all the time when I was younger.