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  • Post #241 - May 4th, 2023, 2:36 pm
    Post #241 - May 4th, 2023, 2:36 pm Post #241 - May 4th, 2023, 2:36 pm
    Heaven's Barbecue on Earth after a long wait is opening Friday May 12th at 11 A.M. 1 Huntington Ln Wheeling.

    Link: https://www.heavensbarbecueonearth.com/
  • Post #242 - May 8th, 2023, 7:23 am
    Post #242 - May 8th, 2023, 7:23 am Post #242 - May 8th, 2023, 7:23 am
    Strings Ramen Taking Over Former Furious Spoon Building In Lakeview For New Asian Restaurant

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/05/08 ... estaurant/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #243 - May 9th, 2023, 7:26 pm
    Post #243 - May 9th, 2023, 7:26 pm Post #243 - May 9th, 2023, 7:26 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Boka and Chef Daniel Rose Will Debut Their Chicago Restaurant Next Week

    https://chicago.eater.com/2023/1/19/235 ... servations

    Chicago’s Boka Restaurant Group Parts Way With Chef Daniel Rose
    The famed chef’s departure comes four months after Le Select opened and five months after Café Basque debuted in LA.

    https://chicago.eater.com/2023/5/9/2371 ... it-reviews
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #244 - May 11th, 2023, 3:39 pm
    Post #244 - May 11th, 2023, 3:39 pm Post #244 - May 11th, 2023, 3:39 pm
    Kajiken, a Japanese Chain Specializing in Soup-Less Ramen, Opens in Chicago. The chain arrives in Chinatown with an assist from Tony Hu.

    https://flip.it/V8hOo_
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #245 - May 13th, 2023, 6:19 am
    Post #245 - May 13th, 2023, 6:19 am Post #245 - May 13th, 2023, 6:19 am
    After making its Chicago debut late last year, Levain Bakery has announced plans for a second location River North at 408 N. Clark St.

    https://whatnowchicago.com/levain-baker ... ver-north/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #246 - May 13th, 2023, 2:49 pm
    Post #246 - May 13th, 2023, 2:49 pm Post #246 - May 13th, 2023, 2:49 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Smoque BBQ broke the news about Smoque Steak in April 2022...So when will Smoque Steak open?
“We’re getting ready for some of our pre-opening events this week, and getting some practice swings in,” Sorkin said. “But we are definitely targeting mid- to late May.”

    Their website says they're opening this coming Thursday, May 18.
  • Post #247 - May 13th, 2023, 2:55 pm
    Post #247 - May 13th, 2023, 2:55 pm Post #247 - May 13th, 2023, 2:55 pm
    JoelF wrote:
    JoelF wrote:The reborn El Nuevo Tipico in Skokie had a "closed until further notice" sign - not confirmed by Google or their own website. Hopefully something temporary.

    It's been repainted (bright purple) and new signage says "La Chabela", their facebook page has graphics that say "Chabela's" and it looks like it's a rebranding of Nuevo Tipico -- same website. They claim it features food of Puebla and Mexico City DF. Website photos show a trompo for Al Pastor, so I'll have to try it.

    That Facebook page is gone and they have a new Facebook page under the name La Chabela. They're posting there regularly, but there was a recent post saying that they're not serving alcohol at the moment.
  • Post #248 - May 14th, 2023, 10:33 am
    Post #248 - May 14th, 2023, 10:33 am Post #248 - May 14th, 2023, 10:33 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    Smoque BBQ broke the news about Smoque Steak in April 2022...So when will Smoque Steak open?
“We’re getting ready for some of our pre-opening events this week, and getting some practice swings in,” Sorkin said. “But we are definitely targeting mid- to late May.”

    We attended a Friends and Family for Smoque Steak. I was a little leery of Emperors new clothes but I liked the end product quite a bit. Perfect full coverage med-rare, chew evocative of dry-age meat. Service smooth and professional, cool interior, good attention to detail. No serrations on the steak knife, sidecar of sea salt, well thought out sides and appetizers.

    Either I or, I am sure, someone else, will start a thread when Smoque Steak opens.

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    Smoque Steak, count me a Fan!
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #249 - May 15th, 2023, 7:45 pm
    Post #249 - May 15th, 2023, 7:45 pm Post #249 - May 15th, 2023, 7:45 pm
    A liquor license was applied for "Comfort African Cuisine" in Lakeview East. Taking over the former Hashi Sushi on Broadway just north of Diversey. Looks like it'll be 2 floors and my guess from a light amount of looking is that it could be Nigerian cuisine.

    Coming..soon?
    Comfort African Cuisine
    2835 N Broadway
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #250 - May 16th, 2023, 12:49 pm
    Post #250 - May 16th, 2023, 12:49 pm Post #250 - May 16th, 2023, 12:49 pm
    Modern Mediterranean Restaurant Elia To Open In Wicker Park. Owner Metin Serbest, who also owns Turquoise in Roscoe Village, rebranded the former Sea & Olive and plans to offer a wide-ranging menu, cocktails and brunch on weekends. The restaurant opens Thursday.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/05/16 ... cker-park/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #251 - May 17th, 2023, 5:58 am
    Post #251 - May 17th, 2023, 5:58 am Post #251 - May 17th, 2023, 5:58 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    When widely acclaimed Smoque BBQ broke the news about Smoque Steak in April 2022, what immediately became one of the most anticipated new restaurants in Chicago was scheduled to open six months later.
A full year later, carnivorous fans still wait for what owner Barry Sorkin described as a different kind of steakhouse in the Avondale neighborhood.
“It’s an idea we came up with pre-pandemic,” Sorkin said recently. “We developed what we think is a different and better way of making a steak.”
My early taste test revealed remarkably tender meat, cooked perfectly medium-rare, within a beautifully seared crust, indeed infused with smoke flavor.
So when will Smoque Steak open?
“We’re getting ready for some of our pre-opening events this week, and getting some practice swings in,” Sorkin said. “But we are definitely targeting mid- to late May.”

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html

    Smoque Steak opens Thursday at 3310 N. Elston Ave. for reservations only.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/05/16 ... -avondale/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #252 - May 18th, 2023, 9:47 am
    Post #252 - May 18th, 2023, 9:47 am Post #252 - May 18th, 2023, 9:47 am
    Sabe A Zulia (5306 W Fullerton), a Venezuelan restaurant specializing in food from the state of Zulia, is opening a new location at 2114 W Division. No official date yet, confirmed via their Instagram story today, May 18, 2023 - https://www.instagram.com/stories/sabea ... 151241370/
  • Post #253 - May 18th, 2023, 3:23 pm
    Post #253 - May 18th, 2023, 3:23 pm Post #253 - May 18th, 2023, 3:23 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Smoque BBQ broke the news about Smoque Steak in April 2022...So when will Smoque Steak open?

    “We’re getting ready for some of our pre-opening events this week, and getting some practice swings in,” Sorkin said. “But we are definitely targeting mid- to late May.”
    Uh oh. Is this on the same span of north Elston Ave. where Wherewithall had to close due to a sewer line collapsing? :? {Did Smoque Steak open today?}
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  • Post #254 - May 18th, 2023, 4:51 pm
    Post #254 - May 18th, 2023, 4:51 pm Post #254 - May 18th, 2023, 4:51 pm
    pudgym29 asked:
    Uh oh. Is this on the same span of north Elston Ave. where Wherewithall had to close due to a sewer line collapsing?


    Smoque Steak is at 3310. Wherewithall is at 3470. The sewer line that collapsed was from the restaurant to the main, not the main itself. The building for Smoque Steak is converted from a single-story industrial building to stores and also houses Tag Outlet. That kind of conversion almost certainly replacing all utility connections.
  • Post #255 - May 19th, 2023, 7:22 am
    Post #255 - May 19th, 2023, 7:22 am Post #255 - May 19th, 2023, 7:22 am
    Hong Kong Bakery & Cafe opened up recently in Barrington.

    The online menu shows a lot of items being sold out because they don't have the bandwidth to make all of the items.

    Hongkong Bakery & Cafe
    121A Barrington Commons Court
    Barrington, IL 60010
    224-385-3126
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  • Post #256 - May 22nd, 2023, 3:43 pm
    Post #256 - May 22nd, 2023, 3:43 pm Post #256 - May 22nd, 2023, 3:43 pm
    Lilac Tiger Set to Replace Wazwan this Summer.
    The Coach House by Wazwan will remain open in the back of the building.

    https://whatnowchicago.com/lilac-tiger- ... is-summer/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #257 - May 22nd, 2023, 9:01 pm
    Post #257 - May 22nd, 2023, 9:01 pm Post #257 - May 22nd, 2023, 9:01 pm
    Two Sundays in a row, I noticed no cars in front of Harvest Fresh in Arlington Heights. So I looked it up, and it has closed. Too bad. Nice little international store that often carried things I couldn't find elsewhere. But with the huge Tony's just a few blocks away, I guess it just couldn't compete.
    "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

    http://midwestmaize.wordpress.com
  • Post #258 - May 24th, 2023, 12:00 pm
    Post #258 - May 24th, 2023, 12:00 pm Post #258 - May 24th, 2023, 12:00 pm
    wharf_rat wrote:Sabe A Zulia (5306 W Fullerton), a Venezuelan restaurant specializing in food from the state of Zulia, is opening a new location at 2114 W Division. No official date yet, confirmed via their Instagram story today, May 18, 2023 - https://www.instagram.com/stories/sabea ... 151241370/

    Opening date confirmed as Friday, May 26, open 9am to 8pm.
  • Post #259 - May 24th, 2023, 4:05 pm
    Post #259 - May 24th, 2023, 4:05 pm Post #259 - May 24th, 2023, 4:05 pm
    Čálli opening inside Soho House Chicago, with chef Jonathan Zaragoza’s Mexican travels as inspiration

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #260 - May 25th, 2023, 5:38 am
    Post #260 - May 25th, 2023, 5:38 am Post #260 - May 25th, 2023, 5:38 am
    Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants is closing its sole Chicago location in mid-July, citing underperformance.

    https://www.chicagobusiness.com/restaur ... o-location
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #261 - May 25th, 2023, 1:39 pm
    Post #261 - May 25th, 2023, 1:39 pm Post #261 - May 25th, 2023, 1:39 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants is closing its sole Chicago location in mid-July, citing underperformance.

    https://www.chicagobusiness.com/restaur ... o-location


    For those who cannot get behind the Crain's paywall, here is the Eater Chicago story on the closure of the Cooper's Hawk Chicago location. https://chicago.eater.com/2023/5/25/237 ... ne-closing
  • Post #262 - May 26th, 2023, 5:45 am
    Post #262 - May 26th, 2023, 5:45 am Post #262 - May 26th, 2023, 5:45 am
    Masschusetts-based seafood restaurant Legal Sea Foods is looking to open its first location in Chicago at 315 N Dearborn St.

    https://whatnowchicago.com/legal-sea-fo ... ver-north/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #263 - May 26th, 2023, 8:58 pm
    Post #263 - May 26th, 2023, 8:58 pm Post #263 - May 26th, 2023, 8:58 pm
    A new Thai place specifically serving food from the Isan region in the northeast opened recently in Lakeview. Menu has a bunch of items that aren't found at your typical Thai restaurant here. They have a number of different types of papaya salads too.

    Tuk Tuk Thai Isan Street Food
    2852 N Clark St
    (773) 661-9739

    https://www.tuktukthai-isan.com

    Open M-F 11:30am - 3pm / 4:30pm - 10pm, Sat 11:30am - 10pm, Sun 11:30am - 9pm
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing
  • Post #264 - May 30th, 2023, 11:49 am
    Post #264 - May 30th, 2023, 11:49 am Post #264 - May 30th, 2023, 11:49 am
    Apero Wine Bar is opening soon. I walked past it last weekend and it was doing a soft opening thing. I think is saw some "Orange Wines" listed. The Web site says it's Coming Soon. Looks like a cute wine bar in the old Smokin' Woody's space on Lincoln.

    4160 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
    https://www.aperochicago.com/
  • Post #265 - May 30th, 2023, 12:30 pm
    Post #265 - May 30th, 2023, 12:30 pm Post #265 - May 30th, 2023, 12:30 pm
    T-Cafe was another soft opening I saw. Looks like a Boba place with some Bowls for food. Between the new Milanese place and Menya Goku Ramen on Montrose. Near the corner of Montrose, Lincoln and Leavitt

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/05/30/new-woman-owned-cafe-in-north-center-serves-traditionally-made-boba-tea-rice-bowls-and-more/

    2205 W Montrose Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
  • Post #266 - May 30th, 2023, 2:01 pm
    Post #266 - May 30th, 2023, 2:01 pm Post #266 - May 30th, 2023, 2:01 pm
    Paris Baguette, the neighborhood bakery café known for its baked and brewed treats is now open and serving Chicago’s South Loop (1100 S Michigan Ave).

    https://whatnowchicago.com/paris-baguet ... n-chicago/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #267 - May 30th, 2023, 2:27 pm
    Post #267 - May 30th, 2023, 2:27 pm Post #267 - May 30th, 2023, 2:27 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Paris Baguette, the neighborhood bakery café known for its baked and brewed treats is now open and serving Chicago’s South Loop (1100 S Michigan Ave).

    https://whatnowchicago.com/paris-baguet ... n-chicago/

    Well, more like a rapidly expanding national chain (with dozens of units) than a neighborhood bakery but their milk bread's not half-bad.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #268 - May 31st, 2023, 3:39 am
    Post #268 - May 31st, 2023, 3:39 am Post #268 - May 31st, 2023, 3:39 am
    Grammar is the new restaurant with Detroit-style pizza inside Architectural Artifacts in River North

    https://chicago.eater.com/2023/5/30/237 ... roit-pizza
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #269 - June 1st, 2023, 6:11 am
    Post #269 - June 1st, 2023, 6:11 am Post #269 - June 1st, 2023, 6:11 am
    H&H Bagels, an iconic New York City brand since 1972, is getting ready to open its first location in Chicago in the Fulton Market.

    https://whatnowchicago.com/h-and-h-bage ... this-year/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #270 - June 3rd, 2023, 10:30 am
    Post #270 - June 3rd, 2023, 10:30 am Post #270 - June 3rd, 2023, 10:30 am
    Owner of Nepal House seems to be cooking up something at 158 W Division St in Old Town/Gold Coast.
    2019 Chicago Food Business License Issuances Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfUU ... sp=sharing

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