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    Post #1 - January 1st, 2021, 12:44 pm
    Post #1 - January 1st, 2021, 12:44 pm Post #1 - January 1st, 2021, 12:44 pm
    Please, only post basic information about openings and closings
    on this thread.


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    For 2020's Openings and Closings, please visit this thread:
    Openings, Closings, Comings & Goings - 2020
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

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  • Post #2 - January 2nd, 2021, 12:09 pm
    Post #2 - January 2nd, 2021, 12:09 pm Post #2 - January 2nd, 2021, 12:09 pm
    So Bowl, a new Thai Restaurant has recently opened on Touhy Ave by the Leaning Tower replica and Papa Chris’ Place restaurant.

    So Bowl
    6247 W Touhy Ave,
    Chicago, IL 60646
    http://sobowlchicago.com/
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/so-bowl-chicago
  • Post #3 - January 2nd, 2021, 12:53 pm
    Post #3 - January 2nd, 2021, 12:53 pm Post #3 - January 2nd, 2021, 12:53 pm
    polster wrote:So Bowl
    6247 W Touhy Ave,
    Chicago, IL 60646
    http://sobowlchicago.com/
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/so-bowl-chicago

    Wasn't there another Thai place along there, maybe called Thong Thai?
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #4 - January 2nd, 2021, 3:37 pm
    Post #4 - January 2nd, 2021, 3:37 pm Post #4 - January 2nd, 2021, 3:37 pm
    JoelF wrote:
    polster wrote:So Bowl
    6247 W Touhy Ave,
    Chicago, IL 60646
    http://sobowlchicago.com/
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/so-bowl-chicago

    Wasn't there another Thai place along there, maybe called Thong Thai?


    Yes. The owner passed away a few years ago.
  • Post #5 - January 3rd, 2021, 3:17 pm
    Post #5 - January 3rd, 2021, 3:17 pm Post #5 - January 3rd, 2021, 3:17 pm
    Thai Room Restaurant at 4022 N Western Ave is papered over. A sign in the window says "Sushi & Beyond is Coming." I would post a picture but I have never been able to make it work. :oops:

    The sign actually says "Comimg" but I catch their drift.
  • Post #6 - January 5th, 2021, 10:00 pm
    Post #6 - January 5th, 2021, 10:00 pm Post #6 - January 5th, 2021, 10:00 pm
    cleanplateclub wrote:Thai Room Restaurant at 4022 N Western Ave is papered over.

    That's a shame. Their tom kha gai was excellent.
  • Post #7 - January 5th, 2021, 10:05 pm
    Post #7 - January 5th, 2021, 10:05 pm Post #7 - January 5th, 2021, 10:05 pm
    Farmhouse Evanston is doing a new concept in carryout, with food from four restaurants including County Barbeque:

    Farmhouse Evanston website wrote:HERE YE! HERE YE! HERE YE!
    FARMHOUSE VIRTUAL KITCHENS TO OPEN JAN 8TH 4PM 2021.
    Introducing a new way to dine in Evanston and a new way to enjoy Farmhouse Fare! Beginning Jan 8th, we look forward to introducing you to our Virtual Kitchen Concepts. We are excited to showcase some fantastic concepts from our friends in Chicago. COUNTY BBQ which is owned and run by our great friend Bonni Cameron. TOSCANA by Fabio Vivani and MAC & ME by Farmheads Hospitality. 4 Restaurants under 1 roof. Farmhouse Kitchen, County BBQ, Toscana, Mac & Me. Plenty of options for your weekly menu planning. Check out all of our menu options at Farmhouse Evanston Virtual Kitchen Menu
  • Post #8 - January 6th, 2021, 6:01 pm
    Post #8 - January 6th, 2021, 6:01 pm Post #8 - January 6th, 2021, 6:01 pm
    Tutto Italiano Restaurant, a 27-year-old spot known among fans for its antique train car dining room, permanently closed at the end of December

    https://chicago.eater.com/2020/5/12/212 ... oronavirus
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #9 - January 6th, 2021, 6:06 pm
    Post #9 - January 6th, 2021, 6:06 pm Post #9 - January 6th, 2021, 6:06 pm
    Former Michelin-star Temporis chef Don Young opening new restaurant on Michigan Avenue

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #10 - January 11th, 2021, 1:07 pm
    Post #10 - January 11th, 2021, 1:07 pm Post #10 - January 11th, 2021, 1:07 pm
    Gino’s East In Lakeview Closed, Will Become Gotham Bagels By Day And Italian Spot At Night

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/01/11 ... -at-night/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #11 - January 12th, 2021, 6:17 pm
    Post #11 - January 12th, 2021, 6:17 pm Post #11 - January 12th, 2021, 6:17 pm
    Boxcar Betty’s Opening Second Chicago Location In Bucktown.
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/01/11 ... -bucktown/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #12 - January 15th, 2021, 7:41 am
    Post #12 - January 15th, 2021, 7:41 am Post #12 - January 15th, 2021, 7:41 am
    Basant Modern Indian is open in the old Sola space.

    1939 W Byron St,
    Chicago IL 60613
    https://www.basantchicago.com/
  • Post #13 - January 15th, 2021, 8:18 am
    Post #13 - January 15th, 2021, 8:18 am Post #13 - January 15th, 2021, 8:18 am
    All-Day Salumeria’ With Cured Meats, Artisanal Cheese And Sandwiches Opening At Former Township Site In Logan Square

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/01/14 ... an-square/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #14 - January 18th, 2021, 12:30 am
    Post #14 - January 18th, 2021, 12:30 am Post #14 - January 18th, 2021, 12:30 am
    Jiang Niu BBQ is open at Canal Plaza in Chinatown for delivery (downtown, Chinatown, Bridgeport, McKinley Park, etc) and pickup. Looks like Chinese and Korean BBQ including Korean staples like bibimbap.

    Jiang Niu BBQ
    https://www.jiangniubbq.com
    2300 S Archer St
    (312) 846-1225
    Open 11am - 9pm, 7 days/week
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #15 - January 18th, 2021, 1:16 pm
    Post #15 - January 18th, 2021, 1:16 pm Post #15 - January 18th, 2021, 1:16 pm
    New Deli in Greektown (not a post about Indian food):

    https://www.ryechicago.com/

    Homemade bagels, bread, pastrami and lox at Madison and Halsted.

    Open Thursday-Sunday.
  • Post #16 - January 19th, 2021, 11:27 am
    Post #16 - January 19th, 2021, 11:27 am Post #16 - January 19th, 2021, 11:27 am
    Downtown steakhouse III Forks is permanently closed after nearly a decade

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/1/12/222 ... inter-2021
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #17 - January 21st, 2021, 10:00 am
    Post #17 - January 21st, 2021, 10:00 am Post #17 - January 21st, 2021, 10:00 am
    Lakeview’s New French-Canadian Bistro Dear Margaret debuts thanks to a decorated chef and a public relations representative turned restaurant owner.
    Dear Margaret, 2965 N. Lincoln Ave.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/1/20/222 ... tos-images
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #18 - January 21st, 2021, 10:12 am
    Post #18 - January 21st, 2021, 10:12 am Post #18 - January 21st, 2021, 10:12 am
    Nala Robotics, Inc. announced today that it is opening the world’s first state-of-the-art intelligent restaurant, in Naperville, Illinois, at Route 59 and Ogden Ave. this April, 2021.

    https://nalarobotics.com/press.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #19 - January 26th, 2021, 8:12 am
    Post #19 - January 26th, 2021, 8:12 am Post #19 - January 26th, 2021, 8:12 am
    DMK and James Beard Award nominee Brian Huston (the Publican, Boltwood) will next launch the Arch, a market featuring soups, salads, and sandwiches, pizzas, pastries, and fancy ingredients for carryout and delivery inside the Railway Exchange Building at 224 S. Michigan Avenue.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/1/25/222 ... enue-pizza
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #20 - January 26th, 2021, 8:28 am
    Post #20 - January 26th, 2021, 8:28 am Post #20 - January 26th, 2021, 8:28 am
    More than a year after abruptly leaving the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, chef Doug Psaltis is back with Andros Taverna (2542 N. Milwaukee Ave.), a Greek-inspired restaurant in Logan Square. He’s opening the restaurant on Valentine’s Day weekend with his wife and acclaimed pastry chef, Hsing Chen.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #21 - January 26th, 2021, 6:10 pm
    Post #21 - January 26th, 2021, 6:10 pm Post #21 - January 26th, 2021, 6:10 pm
    Greek sensation Avli is opening its third Chicago location as it’s taking over the space recently vacated by III Forks overlooking the Lakeshore East development.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/1/26/222 ... up-chicago
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #22 - January 27th, 2021, 9:08 am
    Post #22 - January 27th, 2021, 9:08 am Post #22 - January 27th, 2021, 9:08 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    Greek sensation Avli is opening its third Chicago location as it’s taking over the space recently vacated by III Forks overlooking the Lakeshore East development.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/1/26/222 ... up-chicago

    The restaurant biz in general seems to be betting that Covid is almost over. In my desperation for any shred of hope, I want to believe they know something I don't.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #23 - January 27th, 2021, 11:18 am
    Post #23 - January 27th, 2021, 11:18 am Post #23 - January 27th, 2021, 11:18 am
    riddlemay wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    Greek sensation Avli is opening its third Chicago location as it’s taking over the space recently vacated by III Forks overlooking the Lakeshore East development.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/1/26/222 ... up-chicago

    The restaurant biz in general seems to be betting that Covid is almost over. In my desperation for any shred of hope, I want to believe they know something I don't.

    Very positive reports coming out from challenge trials indicate that moussaka is 93% effective against Covid, with only mild side effects (sleepiness after 1 dose, coma after 2). Must be refrigerated for storage but reheated before application.
  • Post #24 - January 27th, 2021, 1:28 pm
    Post #24 - January 27th, 2021, 1:28 pm Post #24 - January 27th, 2021, 1:28 pm
    Know something you don't? Are you unaware that a vaccine has been developed that is more than 95% effective?
    Nate Silver has been all over this, and he is right; we need to start acting like this vaccine is the goddamn miracle it is! Once you're vaccinated, go live your life again! Theres no reason not to!
  • Post #25 - January 27th, 2021, 1:35 pm
    Post #25 - January 27th, 2021, 1:35 pm Post #25 - January 27th, 2021, 1:35 pm
    MikeL wrote:Know something you don't? Are you unaware that a vaccine has been developed that is more than 95% effective?
    Nate Silver has been all over this, and he is right; we need to start acting like this vaccine is the goddamn miracle it is! Once you're vaccinated, go live your life again! Theres no reason not to!

    Well, in all fairness, it could be months before many (most?) people are vaccinated. Until that happens, I think it's still 'proceed with caution' for plenty of folks.

    My guess is that many recently opened spots have a close eye on carry-out, delivery conduits, etc. They're likely set up for the current situation and will be able to pivot to more full-service operations once things truly ease up.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #26 - January 27th, 2021, 2:23 pm
    Post #26 - January 27th, 2021, 2:23 pm Post #26 - January 27th, 2021, 2:23 pm
    MikeL wrote:Know something you don't? Are you unaware that a vaccine has been developed that is more than 95% effective?
    Nate Silver has been all over this, and he is right; we need to start acting like this vaccine is the goddamn miracle it is! Once you're vaccinated, go live your life again! There's no reason not to!


    For the next couple of months, at least, the "go live your life" mantra may be limited to the bowl of soup with a side of jello crowd. Under-65's won't see a first dose until late March.
  • Post #27 - January 28th, 2021, 12:00 am
    Post #27 - January 28th, 2021, 12:00 am Post #27 - January 28th, 2021, 12:00 am
    Also, the prevailing thought right now is that vaccination won’t prevent you from transmitting COVID to someone who isn’t vaccinated so living your life could kill a lot of people.
  • Post #28 - January 28th, 2021, 12:08 am
    Post #28 - January 28th, 2021, 12:08 am Post #28 - January 28th, 2021, 12:08 am
    gnarchief wrote:Also, the prevailing thought right now is that vaccination won’t prevent you from transmitting COVID to someone who isn’t vaccinated so living your life could kill a lot of people.

    I've read quite a lot saying otherwise but admittedly, there's no definitive knowledge about this yet, so caution seems wholly appropriate.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #29 - January 28th, 2021, 7:32 am
    Post #29 - January 28th, 2021, 7:32 am Post #29 - January 28th, 2021, 7:32 am
    Yu's Mandarin to open in former Golden Chef in Wheeling
    https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20 ... n-wheeling
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #30 - January 28th, 2021, 8:27 am
    Post #30 - January 28th, 2021, 8:27 am Post #30 - January 28th, 2021, 8:27 am
    Red Star Liquor, a fixture on Logan Square’s Milwaukee Avenue since 1991, is no longer just a liquor store — it’s also an Italian sub spot. Owner Esam Hani converted an under-used area of the liquor store at 2725 N. Milwaukee Ave. into a walk-up deli counter to bring in more revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/01/28 ... ough-this/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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