BOWMANVILLE— Half Acre Brewery’s plans that include a full-service restaurant at 2050 W. Balmoral St. are finally going forward. DNAinfo reported that the brew crew finally has secured building permits.
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RIVER NORTH— Fat Baby Tacos has set a Monday, May 8 opening for the new Mexican fast-casual spot at 100 W. Kinzie St. It’s from the same group who own Boss Bar, the dive around the corner.
WEST TOWN— Looks like Mariscos La Costa will soon open its second restaurant on Thursday. The Mexican-style seafood spot is taking over the space at 1132 N. Ashland Ave. that once housed Kate’s Thai Kitchen and one of the three La Pasadita locations on the block.
THE LOOP— Bibibop Asian Grill has posted signs at the former ShopHouse Asian Kitchen at 24 E. Jackson Blvd., according to a tipster. Check out their website as it hopes to replace Chiptole’s pan-Asian concept before a late-summer target date.
FULTON MARKET— Kuma’s Corner continues its mission to bring metal and beef to the West Loop/Fulton Market. Ownership is now hiring for the forthcoming 852 W. Fulton Market location.
HUMBOLDT PARK— The former Pierogi Street at 1043 N. California Ave. will soon change over to Lucy’s Burger Joint. The same husband-and-wife team...
GOOSE ISLAND— Veruca Chocolates has almost reached its $25,000 fundraiser goal to move to a bigger location at the Halsted Triangle, near Goose Island. It has outgrown the current location, 2409 N. Western Ave., which opened in 2011.
...owners behind Arturo’s Tacos are taking over the Sam’s Red Hots stand at 2345 W. Armitage Ave. Arturo Torres Jr. is going to call it Jr.’s Red Hots, according to DNAinfo...
LIBERTYVILLE— Lake County’s getting a new Greek restaurant, according to The Daily Herald. Greek Feast is opening at 1124 N. Milwaukee Ave. It’s replacing Slott’s Red Hots which closed in 2015 after a 30-year run.
WEST TOWN— It’s been about a year since Crazy Bird Chicken closed in Lawndale, and now the owners plan to reopen at 1160 W. Grand Ave., according to DNAinfo.
WEST LAKEVIEW— There’s still not much info on Sal’s Trattoria, the restaurant taking over the Mirador space at 2834 N. Southport Ave. However, they have applied for their liquor license.
OLD TOWN— The owners of Wilde in Lakeview are now hiring for the second iteration of Lady Gregory’s. They took over a former Citibank at 1525 N. Wells St.
...doesn’t appear Angry Donut is going to be a thing for Phil Tadros at 2928 N. Broadway St. The space, formerly occupied by Bunny, the Microbakery and The Budlong, now has signage for...
LAKEVIEW— The Lure Izakaya space is close to getting a new tenant with Saigon Lotus nearly ready to open at 2925 N. Halsted St. The Vietnamese spot has a Facebook page.
BUCKTOWN— Red Door, the neighborhood restaurant and cocktail bar that closed in December at 2118 N. Damen Ave., has a new tenant. DNAinfo was the first to notice that Royal Grocer & Co. has applied for a liquor license.
PILSEN— Somewhat lost in Furious Spoon’s expansion announcements is their Pilsen location is getting close to opening at 1316 W. 18th St. A Facebook post claims that will open in May, and there’s a sneak peek at a brick wall. Oh, the suspense.
...Chicago has more info on Four Corners Tavern Group’s new project at the new 150 North Riverside skyscraper. Porter Kitchen & Deck will take up 8,800 square feet. Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt...
IRVING PARK— There’s been some turnover in the space at 4009 N. Elston Ave. Now it appears a taqueria called Taco Max will open, according to an LTHforum poster.
LINCOLN PARK— Milwaukee darling Colectivo Coffee continues work on its first Chicago location at the corner of Clark Street and Deming Place. The patio should come in handy this spring/summer.
UPTOWN— A new pizza spot, Longacre Pizza Box, 1309 W. Wilson Ave., should open soon. Uptown Update got the scoop, and there’s a website for the restaurant.
FULTON MARKET— While Amazon Books in Lakeview is the first coffee shop in Chicago to enjoy Stumptown Coffee, progress continues on the Ace Hotel which will house the Midwest’s first Stumptown cafe. Curbed Chicago has an update on the project at 311 N. Morgan St.
WEST LOOP— There’s a new spot for Chinese soup dumplings on its way to Chicago’s French Market. STREET smoke & steam will also serve baos inside a vendor station at 131 N. Clinton St.
WOODLAWN— Ain’t She Sweet Cafe plans on opening its third location. Thanks to an influx of government money, next year is the opening target at the Woodlawn Station development at 6253 S. Cottage Grove Ave. DNAinfo has details.
...room temperature (that benefits some beer). Check out the construction photos at the relocation at 3169-3175 N. Elston Ave.
HUMBOLDT PARK— A new restaurant focusing on accommodating teachers is headed to the former La Havana Cafe site at 2425 W. Division St. DNAinfo reported that The Chicago Teachers Lounge and Eatery should open next month. They’ve snagged the menu which consists of sandwiches and comfort food.
LINCOLN PARK— Ignoble Wine Bar is growing closer to an opening. The space passed inspections and will soon open at 2417 N. Clybourn Ave.
LINCOLN PARK— Whole Foods is taking a poke bowl concept to Lincoln Park. Poke Bowl Co. (which sounds nothing like Aloha Poke Co.) will offer grab-and-go options to patrons of Whole Foods at 1550 N. Kingsbury St. It’ll also serve poke tacos, poke nachos, and house edamame hummus.
...Farm Stand didn’t hit their goal of opening its new location in February at 2010 N. Halsted St. It’s still in its extended-pop-up phase around the corner at 711 W...
...Halsted St. It’s still in its extended-pop-up phase around the corner at 711 W. Armitage Ave. Management has been silent, but a sign of movement is that it’s hiring. Check...
MORGAN PARK— Open Outcry Brewing is about three to four weeks away from an opening, said owner John Brand. A few more details need to be worked out, but he’s looking forward to opening at 10934 S. Western Ave.
LOGAN SQUARE— The Dill Pickle Food Co-Op should move into its new digs in August at 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave., reported DNAinfo. The long-awaited store will also serve prepared foods.
WICKER PARK— Signage has been up for months, but work is coming along at Vinny D’s, a new spot for Italian ice, hot dogs, and Italian sausages. Check out the photo from 1709 W. Division St.
...Although a new development with a new restaurant is planned for its current home at 1502 Sherman Road, the owner of Prairie Moon, an Evanston stalwart since 2002, is reassuring people that the...
LINCOLN PARK— The paper is still up at Chopo, the upcoming Peruvian-style fast-casual restaurant coming to 2460 N. Clark St. But the interiors look almost finished with the fountain drink machine installed meaning an opening should be coming up soon.
HUMBOLDT PARK— There’s a new restaurant moving into the Grandma J’s Local Kitchen place, the infamous spot hit by anti-gentrification vandalism. It’s called Arepas Empanadas. DNAinfo first reported news of the spot at 1522 N. Kedzie Ave.
WICKER PARK— Cabana Club, the new poolside bar at The Robey hotel, has a May 5 grand opening. A spokeswoman details some changes. The pool will now be exclusively for guest use. But rooftop access and the bar will be open to the general public at 2018 W. North Ave.
...the region’s cooking is coming to Wicker Park at the former Monarch space at 1745 W. North Ave. It’s called Delta, and the Tribune has details about the small plates they plan...
...change things up inside the concept, originally a “meat and three” cafeteria-style restaurant at 664 W. Lake St. It neighbors MONEYGUN, the cocktail bar also owned by 16” On Center. It appears they...
WEST TOWN— May will hopefully provide the opening for Zoë Schor’s (Ada Street) new restaurant. Split-Rail, one of the season’s most-anticipated restaurants, should open next month at 2500 W. Chicago Ave., according to DNAinfo.
lOGAN SQUARE— The Kombucha Room, and its 20 taps, should open this month at the former Owen + Alchemy/Limitless High Definition Coffee + Tea spot. They have new signage at 2355 N. Milwaukee Ave. Owner Mel Mohamednur said she’s planning open on April 29.
IRVING PARK— Elly’s, the pancake house with locations across the city, has started demolition for a new location at 4925-27 W. Irving Park Road. Check out the photo from the Six Corners Facebook page.
CHINATOWN— Bonchon, the Korean chicken wing chain with a crazy following, as applied for a liquor license. The restaurant is taking over the Lao Shanghai space at 2163 S. China Place.
ANDERSONVILLE— The Dollop Diner, an expansion of the coffee shop chain’s offerings, is coming along at 5060 N. Clark St. Check out the signage.
MORGAN PARK— The Firewater Saloon in Edison Park want to open a second location. DNAinfo reported that they’re looking to move into the Leona’s at 11060 S. Western Ave. They would even add a stage of live country music.
LINCOLN SQUARE— Brown Bag Seafood Co. has applied for a liquor license for their upcoming location at 3400 N. Lincoln Ave. It would be the chain’s third location, and they’re still shooting for a summer opening.
LAKEVIEW— Rotary sushi is on its way to Lakeview. Sushi Plus Rotary Sushi Bar has applied for its liquor license at 3219 N. Broadway St.
LINCOLN SQUARE— If you didn’t make it for The Budlong’s “flash opening” on Friday at 4619 N. Western Ave., don’t fret. They start serving Nashville Hot chicken in earnest this week for a grand opening. Nick Fochtman
PILSEN— As news trickles in on what’s happening at the former Embeya, Thai and Danielle Dang continue to work on their follow-up, HaiSous. Danielle Dang said they’re still sealing up walls, but hope to rock and roll in about six weeks at 1900 S. Carpenter St.
LOGAN SQUARE— Bow Truss isn’t reopening in Logan Square. Instead, Passion House Coffee Roasters, a popular roaster with a Fulton Market plant, is taking over for its first coffee shop at 2631 N. Kedzie Ave. It should open on May 1, according to DNAinfo.
LOGAN SQUARE— Here’s more info on the new restaurant replacing Cafeteria Mariano, from the owner of Griddle 24, Hollywood Grill, and White Palace Grill. It’s called Victory Grill, reported DNAinfo, at 2246-48 N. Milwaukee Ave. It could open later this year or in early 2018.
...Could a wine bar be sprouting inside the former homebrewer supply store Brew & Grow at 19 S. Morgan St.? That’s what the Neighbors of West Loop Facebook page claimed. Apparently there’s an...
WEST LOOP— Jet’s Pizza continues to expand. Eaters will soon be able to eat Detroit-style pizza at 1025 W. Madison Ave., as the city has issued a building permit.
IRVING PARK— A year after announcing the location, Miko’s Italian Ice appears to be on track for an April 15 opening date, according to DNAinfo. The shop at 4125 N. Kimball Ave. is the company’s third location.
STREETERVILLE— The Albert, the Einstein-inspired restaurant inside the Hotel EMC2, the new 21-story Marriott hotel at 228 E. Ontario St., should open soon. Curbed Chicago reported that the hotel should soon welcome its first guests.
...thru locations in Chicago. They’re planning one at the Six Corners Shopping District at 4151 N. Cicero Ave., according to DNAinfo. Another is planned just west at Central and Irving Park...
...District at 4151 N. Cicero Ave., according to DNAinfo. Another is planned just west at Central and Irving Park...