LAKEVIEW—Indie Burger (1034 W. Belmont) will offer a focused menu with grass-fed beef, organic produce and naturally sweetened sodas. The space features reclaimed materials like church pews, chairs made from soda bottles and Minnesota barn wood. Look for it to open sometime in March. [EaterWire]
LINCOLN PARK—The fourth year-round outpost (a fifth is inside Wrigley Field) of Starfruit will open at 2142 N. Halsted this spring. [EaterWire]
RIVER NORTH—Taco Joint Urban Taqueria & Cantina will open a second location at 158 W. Ontario in mid-June. The 3,600 square-foot eatery will have a walk-up window, a 50-foot bar, a 24-seat patio and will serve from breakfast through late night. [EaterWire]
ROSCOE VILLAGE—Paciugo will open its third Chicago location this May at 2009 W. Roscoe between Kitsch'n and Orange. Applications are being accepted at the other two locations at 3241 N. Broadway and 2324 W. Giddings. [RoscoeView Journal]
UPTOWN—If all goes well with the city, Drink & Ink hopes to open adjacent to the Tattoo Factory on Broadway. According to owner Paul Collurafici, the "bar about nothing," will be about 900 square feet with a jukebox, exposed brick, a lot of wood and a late-night license. "I like the feeling of the old style of bars," he said. "Like a good corner tavern." [EaterWire]
SOUTH LOOP—A new fast-service Mediterranean spot, PitaBelly, will soon open in the 600 block of South Wabash between a Pizza Hut and Subway.
[Photo: Indie Burger]