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Meatheads Burgers Coming to Roscoe Village

By Patty Wetli

Looks like Burger Fest might have a new player next year. Meatheads, a fast-casual premium burger joint, will open its first Chicago location at 3322 N. Western Ave. by late September. “We’re under construction now,” said Meatheads marketing manager Joe Sanders. Founded in 2007, Meatheads already boasts eight locations in Illinois, the majority in the Read the Rest…

Crosby’s Kitchen Just Days Away From Opening…Probably

By Patty Wetli

Doug Dunlay has opened eateries before — six, in fact, with his partners in 4-Star Restaurant Group. You’d think each time the process would become a little easier but with 4-Star’s latest baby, Crosby’s Kitchen at 3455 N. Southport Ave., it’s actually been the “most painful” to date. “The city was incredibly slow with the Read the Rest…

American Flatbread: ‘It’s Not Dead’

By Patty Wetli

To recap: In October 2010, American Flatbread announced it was “coming soon” to the Fountainview development adjacent to Lincoln Square’s Giddings Plaza, with a projected opening of April 2011. That deadline passed and in December 2011, Fred Gale, a partner in the venture, told CSJ he was aiming for a Spring 2012 debut. It’s July Read the Rest…

Tenth Anniversary Bittersweet for Bistro Campagne

By Patty Wetli

Reaching the 10-year mark is a remarkable achievement in the restaurant business — a quarter of newly-opened eateries don’t make it past the first twelve months. For Bistro Campagne, 4518 N. Lincoln Ave., the milestone is a testament to the leadership of Chef Michael Altenberg, who supported the use of organic and sustainable ingredients long Read the Rest…

Hot Doug’s Wants You…To Help Write a Book

By Patty Wetli

His encased meat emporium, Hot Doug’s, 3324 N. California Ave., is a Food Network favorite and routinely attracts a line of tourists and locals that snakes around the block. The next logical step for Doug Sohn: a book deal. “I didn’t pitch it,” he’s quick to point out. “That would have required effort on my Read the Rest…

Southport & Irving, the Restaurant, to Open in April

By Patty Wetli

Despite a name seemingly designed to produce “Who’s on first”-style confusion – “Where do you want to eat?” “Southport & Irving.” “OK, but where on Southport & Irving?” “Southport & Irving.” – the newest addition to Lakeview’s restaurant scene, taking over Deleece’s former digs at 4002 N. Southport Ave., promises a straightforward neighborhood dining experience. Read the Rest…

Auction, Lawsuits End Dreams of Leo’s Coney Island

By Geoff Dankert

For the first time in months, people filled the dining room at Leo’s Coney Island, 3455 N. Southport Ave. But patrons weren’t there to order the diner’s signature Detroit-style coney dogs or its Greek salads. They came hoping to snag bargains on booths and bar stools, plates and pots, signs and silverware. On March 5, Read the Rest…

Dine Roscoe Village, an Alternative to Restaurant Week

By Patty Wetli

  Chicago Restaurant Week is billed as a city-wide event, but who does the Convention & Tourism Bureau think they’re fooling, with participating restaurants heavily concentrated around downtown hotels. You know, where conventioneers and tourists tend to congregate. For a more neighborhood-oriented version, check out Dine Roscoe Village 2012. Running through Feb. 26, the event Read the Rest…

After Two Years, Big Bricks Is Set to Open

By Patty Wetli

You’ll have to excuse Bill Brandt if he’s more than a bit giddy about the impending debut of his new baby. It’s only been gestating for the past two years. Assuming all goes well with a final task force inspection by the Health Department, Brandt and partner Nick Kantalonis will finally open Big Bricks, 3830 Read the Rest…

Square Meals: Local Deals During Chicago Restaurant Week

By Patty Wetli

More than 200 restaurants are participating in the Fifth Annual Chicago Restaurant Week, Feb. 17 – 26, offering prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus for $22, $33 or $44 dollars (excluding drinks, tax and tip). It’s a great opportunity to check out dining hot spots across the city or stick closer to home; local restaurants taking Read the Rest…

Chris Nugent’s Goosefoot Has Foodies Flocking to Lawrence Avenue

By Patty Wetli

When Chef Chris Nugent announced in October that he was bidding adieu to Les Nomades, a River North bastion of French cuisine, to open his own restaurant, Chicago’s food scene was abuzz with excitement and bewilderment. Excitement to see what Nugent, whose skills are highly regarded locally and nationally, would do given free range in Read the Rest…

American Flatbread Still ‘Coming Soon’

By Patty Wetli

What’s going on with American Flatbread? “That’s a good question,” says Fred Gale, a partner in the restaurant, announced as “coming soon” in late 2010. Originally slated to open Spring 2011 in Lincoln Square’s Fountainview development adjacent to Giddings Plaza, the Chicago outpost of the successful Vermont-based brand has hit more than its share of Read the Rest…

Catch Top Chef Stephanie Izard at the Book Cellar

By Patty Wetli

Since winning Season 4 of Bravo’s Top Chef competition, Chicagoan Stephanie Izard has proven herself worthy of the title. In 2010, she opened Girl & the Goat to rave reviews from food critics and diners alike; in 2011 the James Beard Awards nominated Goat in the best new restaurant category. Now she’s added cookbook author Read the Rest…

Owner of Drew’s Eatery on Groupon Deal: ‘It Was a Bad Choice’

By Patty Wetli

A day after announcing the closing of his vegetarian-friendly restaurant, Drew’s Eatery, 2207 W. Montrose Ave., owner Drew Baker has come to terms with the discount deals (Groupon and Living Social, among others) that hastened the demise of his business. “I don’t have any hard feelings,” Baker commented to Center Square Journal. “In life we Read the Rest…

Fast Food & Drink

By Patty Wetli

A quick round-up of bar and restaurant news: Just because your children won’t eat anything besides chicken fingers doesn’t mean you can’t take them to a nice restaurant. Chalkboard, 4343 N. Lincoln Ave., announces a new kids’ menu; items are not only prepared by Chef Gilbert Langlois and staff but have the added bonus of Read the Rest…

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