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So Long Sola, Say Hello Kick: A Spicy Food Fan's Fantasy

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The new restaurant could open Nov. 23 inside the former Sola space.

Kick will replace Sola in North Center
Kick will replace Sola in North Center
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The ownership that took over the former Sola space has finally dished details on their new concept. It's called Kick, as in a kick to diners' tastebuds. The restaurant will specialize in spicy food and the first date for reservations is Nov. 23, according to OpenTable. Since buying Sola in February, ownership was guarded about their concept, saying it was unique, worried that someone would copy their idea. Kick's ownership closed Sola on Oct. 4, and despite the OpenTable listing, they'll only commit to saying Kick will open later this month.

Menu highlights include ceviche con leche de tigre (lump crab, shrimp and white fish cured with a Peruvian-style marinade). Management is inspired by spices from all over the world. It's downright Columbus-like: They touted the use of garlic, ginger, wasabi, cumin, garam masala, hot mustard, cayenne and cilantro. Take The Pit Fire, a Wagyu beef burger with pork belly, aged cheddar, plus sweet and spicy-smoked tomato barbecue sauce. Other items include a barbecue chicken confit sandwich, Cajun-spiced shrimp po'boy and a chimichurri steak entree made with dry-rubbed hanger steak. Weekend brunch is also on the horizon. The full dinner menu is also posted on OpenTable.

Three signature Bloody Maries are part of the beverage program, but the press release didn't mention any other spicy drinks. Perhaps the drinks will be used to cool off diners' palettes. Instead there's 12 local and imported draft beers, plus large-format bottles. Craft cocktails and wine are also present.

Interior-wise, it's a massive change from Sola. There's 120 seats inside the 4,000 square-foot dining room, and sidewalk seating will debut in the spring. There's a 100-foot and 50-foot electric fireplaces to further demonstrate their love of fiery, spicy food. Plus, it's probably handy during winter.

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