Left: A burger at Kuma's Corner; Right: A snapshot of the mall directory…
Is Chicago's most beloved burger joint opening a second location in Woodfield Mall in northwest suburban Schaumburg?
That's what it seems like from a look at the mall directory, but the restaurant said it's not the case. RedEye staffer Jessica Galliart snapped a photo of "Kuma's Corner*" on the mall directory's restaurant list. The asterisk indicates "coming soon." The location noted on the map is an empty counter-service space near Ruby Tuesday and The Cheesecake Factory.
Friday afternoon, Kuma's manager Falcor Miller told RedEye he had "no idea" why Kuma's Corner is listed on Woodfield's directory. "We're not going to Woodfield Mall, that's for sure."
Earlier Friday, Kuma's Corner executive chef Luke Tobias (who is active on Twitter via the account @kumassous) tweeted, "Let me dispel some rumors here. We are not opening a Kuma's Corner in Woodfield Mall. The end." Kuma's Corner also posted a message to its fans: "No, we aren't opening a Kuma's at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg."
Calls to Woodfield Shopping Center Management Office have not yet been returned.