Now that his plans to revitalize Harry's Velvet Room are seemingly on hold and Porkchop is up and running in the West Loop, Dion Antic is getting itchy to work on another project. 312DD reports that Antic is building out a space to open Melt Sandwich Shop.
The approximately 1,000 square-foot grilled-cheese-themed restaurant will have 36 seats and will open just after Labor Day, according to Antic. It's taking over the former Nalyah's Café at 1840 N. Damen and will have communal tables with a schoolhouse vibe, according to the Diva. Melt will cater to young families and feature gluten-free, organic and vegan items, soups, salads, yogurt and more all priced under $10. Antic is no stranger to the quick-service sandwich biz; he has two Bagel on Damen locations, in Wicker Park and Ravenswood.
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· Melt Sandwich Shop Opens Soon in Bucktown [312DD]
Dion Antic at Bagel on Damen [Photo: Crain's]