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Empellon's Stupak Popping Up With Achatz, Cantina 1910's Brunch, More AM Intel

Plus, Dixie Kitchen shutters in Evanston, more on Blue Door Farm Stand on Armitage, and more.

Alex Stupak
Alex Stupak
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—Renowned NYC chef Alex Stupak and his acclaimed Mexican restaurant Empellon is collaborating with Grant Achatz on a popup at The Aviary on November 2. Try Stupak's tacos, dishes and drinks, get a signed copy of his book Tacos: Recipes & Provocations, and drink lots of mezcal for $55. Tickets are available on The Aviary site. [UPDATE: Tickets are sold out.]

—In other Mexican restaurant news, Andersonville hotspot Cantina 1910 has launched weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. with dishes such as antelon pancakes and a pollo milanesa with sunny side eggs. There's also new cocktails and larger entrees on the dinner menu.

Dixie Kitchen shuttered its Evanston location, Evanston Now reports. The southern restaurant, best known for being an Obama favorite in Hyde Park, opened north of the border in 1998.

Blue Door Farm Stand is indeed taking over the shuttered Armitage Pizzeria space, but it turns out its only temporary. Look for Blue Door Farmstand, Too to start this weekend at 711 W. Armitage but there's no word yet on how long it will last.

Za'atar MedGrill, an apparent Middle Eastern restaurant, is coming to the former Chilapan at 2466 W. Armitage, according to coming soon signage.

—Expect more new spots to open on the Riverwalk next year, as the city is scouting for more restaurant and bar concessions.

—Is it a tamale? Is it ramen? Apparently the new "ramen-male" at Dia De Los Tamales is both, described as "slow braised pork belly, seared with sweet chili spices, wrapped in ramen noodle masa, served in sweet chili ramen broth with mushroom melange, soft boiled egg, radish and scallion."

Armitage Pizzeria

711 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 867-9111

The Aviary

955 N. Morgan St & W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 Visit Website

Dia De Los Tamales

939 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 496-3057 Visit Website

Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop

825 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 733-9030 Visit Website


2549 W Armitage , Chicago, Illinois 60640

Blue Door Farm Stand

843 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 935-2583 Visit Website