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Health-Driven Mediterranean at Lincoln Park's 40sTF; Hero Coffee Bar in the South Loop; More

Three new spots to look out for in the coming weeks.

Eater Chicago

LINCOLN PARK—Mediterranean cuisine will get a healthy makeover at 40sTF, a storefront kitchen opening at 2665 N Clark St. Formerly the home of Fatty's Burgers and More, the dietician-driven menu focuses on lower-calorie versions of classic dishes such as dolma, fattoosh, and hummus using seasonal ingredients for maximum nutrition. Relying on ingredients with minimal preservatives, recipes swap out typical grains such as rice for quinoa, with calories count printed prominently on the menu. A firm "no soda" policy translates to a beverage program of freshly pressed juices, hot teas, and herbal coffees. Owner Maram Baker, a native of Jordan, predicts an opening date of October 15, pending the city's approval. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LOOP—Hero Coffee Bar, Headstash Roasting's flagship cafe, plans to open at 439 S Dearborn in early November. Owner Craig James Alexander plans to use all locally-sourced farm-to-table ingredients for his cafe menu of artisan sandwiches. Creative sides, such as chick pea salad and bleu cheese slaw, round out the fare. Headstash's boutique beans, however, should stand as the real star, with freshly roasted, single brew pour-overs served in a bar area with industrial-inspired decor. [EaterWire]

ROGERS PARK—After a series of owners, remodels, and health code violations, the former Hana Sushi has been purchased, renamed, and prepped for a November launch as Loyola Roll. Although the spot plans to focus on take-out orders, the space has undergone a bit of of a facelift thanks to a refurbished sushi counter and a fresh coat of paint. Co-owner and sushi chef James Kang comes to Loyola Roll with a background in managing sushi restaurants. [DNAinfo]

—Stephanie Sack