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Nick Kokonas Planning Two Local Concepts for Next Year

In a Q&A in the Tribune about his business acumen, Alinea, Next, and Aviary co-owner Nick Kokonas reiterates their local expansion plans. He tells the Trib that "we're going to do a couple more places in Chicago next year. We're looking for spaces right now on two different concepts, one of which is not an upscale concept." He also vaguely hints at location, saying "it's an area that's been done to death."

Last month, Kokonas told the blog Aviary is Haunted, as well as RedEye, that they're "planning a drinks-only place here in Chicago." Now there appears to be a second concept in the works. Read the full interview below to also hear Kokonas' take on business plans, risk-taking, and making it up as you go along.
· Nick Kokonas of Alinea on the best ideas and the worst way to pitch [Tribune]
· All Nick Kokonas Coverage [-ECHI-]

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