Rum is so very hot now in Chicago and that trend's making its way to Randolph Street in the West Loop. Ronero, a new Latin American restaurant and rum bar, is set to open in May on the Northeast side of Halsted Street, just east of the bulk of Randolph Row. Crain's reports the space will be divided into dining and bar areas.
While the tiki successes of Three Dots and a Dash, and Lost Lake may have foreshadowed rum's popularity, there's been a recent rush on the spirit. Phil Stefani and Adolfo Garcia are planning Flamingo Rum Club. The Bangers & Lace group also have a new project, Sparrow, which will also feature the rum in Streeterville.
Ronero will feature small plates with flavors from all over South and Central Americas. Stay tuned for more, as Ronero's scheduled to open in the spring at 738 W. Randolph St.