Pork & Mindy’s to Open BBQ Joints Inside 28 Mariano’s This Year

Barbecue joint Pork & Mindy’s plans to open mini restaurants inside 28 Chicago-area Mariano’s this year, a huge expansion for the local sandwich shop and a new kind of partnership for the grocery chain.

Pork & Mindy’s, which launched its first restaurant in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood in 2016, will open this week at the store in Bronzeville and next week at Mariano’s Park Ridge store. The rest of its outposts will open in phases throughout the year.

Co-founded by Jeff Mauro, host of The Food Network’s “Sandwich King” and co-host of “The Kitchen,” the pig-focused eatery currently has six locations in Chicago, Denver and Minneapolis.

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