Chicago Real Estate Daily reported today that Bill Brandt, owner of Bricks pizzeria in Lincoln Park, will be opening a new pizza restaurant, Big Bricks, in the old Grizzly’s Lodge location, 3830 N. Lincoln Ave.
Brandt is partnering with Nick Kontalonis, owner of the Marquee Lounge in Lincoln Park. Chicago Real Estate Daily reports the partners bought the 7,000 square foot, two-floor Grizzly?s building in September for $820,000.
Plans for the restaurant include an outdoor seating section, homemade ice cream and an area for brining meats, which, along with the new restaurant’s planned brick oven, require a new zoning designation. The Chicago City Council has yet to approve the changes.
Meanwile, funky neighborhood favorite, Little Green Baby, 4654 N. Rockwell, announced this past week that it is closing its doors for good on March 31. A note on the store’s website from owner Kim Gayeski, announces an inventory sale, but no other reasons for the closing.