NORTH CENTER—On a record cold day when many established restaurants decided to close, one is open for the first time. Ravenswood Q, a new barbecue spot from owner Dean Grozdich and chef Gregory Michael Roffe, opened the doors for lunch service and will stay open through dinner. Roffe is cooking smoked chicken, ribs, and brisket in the 2000 square-foot former Cafe 28 space on Irving Park Road. Check out the menus on the website. "Crazy day to open, right?" Grozdich says. Indeed. [EaterWire]
LAKEVIEW—The new Redhot Ranch location (pictured) is now open in the former Dona Torta space at 3055 N. Ashland. In addition to the depression-era hot dogs, look for single, double and triple burgers in the In-N-Out model, as well as fried shrimp and a plasma TV. [EaterWire]
WEST TOWN—The French Market's EJ Sushi has opened where Kai Sushi used to be at 1406 W. Grand. Run by the same management as Kai, the space is remodeled and larger and the menu is nearly identical—which means selections of rolls, sashimi, and platters. Look for the website to go live in a week or two. [EaterWire]
Eater Chicago intern Aimee Gasior contributed to this story.