Waterside : The wife-wife team behind one of Andersonville’s most popular annual Pride parties plans to open a new bar, Whiskey Girl Tavern, in the former home of Pressure Billiards at 6318 N. Clark Street, according to Block Club Chicago. Heather and Christina Roberts, co-founders of Back Lot Bash, plan to open a sports bar and lounge with food, cocktails and a soft drink menu. The pair must await approval of a proposed zoning change before they can begin serving.
Small village: Mexican restaurant Taqueria Coral is working on a third site and has passed a municipal inspection at 4126 W. 26th Street. Originally founded in 2017 in the southwestern suburb of Bolingbrook, the restaurant also has a Little Village location on Central Avenue.
The loop: Parisian ice cream chain Amorino is returning to Chicago after closing franchises in Gold Coast and River North, according to a sign in a space near Grant Park at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street. The chain operates more than 200 locations in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
The loop: The city has issued planning permission for Kindling, the new live-fire restaurant planned inside the Willis Tower by the owners of Roots Pizza, Utopian Tailgate and Berkshire Room. Scott Weiner of Fifty/Restaurant Group says they’re hoping for a September opening at 233 S. Wacker Drive.
Center North: Hop Butcher For The World, which bought Half Acre Beer’s original brewery and tasting room at 4253-4259 N. Lincoln Avenue in December, applied for a liquor license, putting it on track to open this spring , as expected. For the first time in eight years of business, Hop Butcher will finally have its own tasting room to show off its creatively flavored stouts and IPAs.
Portage Park: Wholesale Coffee and Bakery Fematt & Fraustos Baking appears set to take over the former Six Corners Bakery space at 4022 N. Milwaukee Avenue, pending a successful inspection.
North River: Yardbird, which already has locations in five US cities plus Singapore, will open a location in Chicago later this year, the chain announced on its Instagram account. A building permit has been issued for 530 N. Wabash, in the former PF Chang’s of the Hilton Garden Inn. As the name suggests, it specializes in chicken, and the rest of the menu has a southern inflection.
Roger Park: Petite Le Piano, an offshoot of jazz club and restaurant Le Piano, will occupy the adjoining space at 6966 N. Glenwood Avenue, which previously housed Far East Kitchen, according to a sign in the window. The sign also promises “healthy street food” and spring debuts. News of the impending opening sparked strong reactions in a Facebook group in the Rogers Park neighborhood due to comments Piano owner Chad Willetts made in November 2020 on social media about the city’s dining ban inside. In a since-deleted post, Willetts compared a client’s right to dine indoors to a woman’s “essential right to choose” to have an abortion, prompting a slew of critical comments.
Downtown : L/A Mex, a new vegan taqueria from Mexican American restaurateur Gina Marino-Kalish is coming this spring with a staggered rollout at 1303 W. Wilson Avenue right next to sister restaurants Sam & Gertie’s and Kal’ish. The team will begin offering patio seating exclusively on Fridays beginning March 25 before expanding to full service on May 4, according to Marino-Kalish’s spouse, Andy Kalish.
West Loop: Electric Garden, which describes itself on its social media as “a fun, interactive beer garden,” is coming soon to 324 S. Racine, the former site of the Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookshop. The owner is Chris Johnston of Whiskey Business and Cheesie’s Pub and Grub.
West Town: Uncle Ben’s Grill will replace Tommy’s Grill at 456 N. Damen pending a successful inspection by the city.
Lawn: The as-yet-unnamed restaurant inside the study at the U of C — the University of Chicago’s future 167-room hotel at 1227 E. 60th Street — has passed its city inspection, records show. . The massive project was first approved in early 2020 with an estimated price tag of $55 million and is the latest initiative from Study Hotels, a developer that operates similar hotels in New Haven, Connecticut, and University City in Philadelphia. .
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