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BeefBelly Arrives In Jefferson Park; Coconutz Rolls onto Division; More

Barbakoa chef's Mexican spot in Albany Park, Asado Coffee opens in River North, By The Park is serving up java in Lincoln Park.

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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.

JEFFERSON PARK— The owners of BRGRBelly are ready to show Chicago their new takes on Italian beef sandwiches with BeefBelly, featuring a variety of different broths to add Southeast Asian, barbecue and Mexican flavors to the familiar thin-cut beef delicacies. Status: Opening today, 4800 N. Central Ave.

GOLD COAST— Coconutz Chicago plans on giving Rush and Division a tropical excursion inside the former Bootleggers space. Multiple bars and sharable plates are part of this endeavor, as owners hope the opening ushers in "the next generation" of establishments on Division Street. Status: Opening on Wednesday, 13 W. Division St. [UPDATE: Coconutz is delayed indefinitely and won't open to the public on Dec. 2 as planned. Stay tuned for the new opening date.]

coconutz chicago

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ALBANY PARK— Looks like Dudley Nieto, the chef behind Barbakoa in suburban Downers Grove, is behind a new Mexican street food spot in Albany Park. Rojo Gusano quietly opened sometime in November, and they're accepting reservations on an OpenTable link that lists Nieto as chef. Status: Certified open, 3830 W. Lawrence Ave.

Rojo Gusano


RIVER NORTH— Asado Coffee has stealthily opened in River North, giving them four Chicago locations. The acclaimed coffee shop has a fireplace and plush seating inside this spot. Status: Certified open, 363 W. Erie St.

Asado River North

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LINCOLN PARK— By The Park, a bakery and coffee shop on Clark Street south of Fullerton, features coffee from Stumptown Roasters and Rishi teas, and is named for Belden By The Park, a Lincoln Park residential complex. [DNAinfo] Status: Certified open, 2342 N. Clark St.


4217 North Ravenswood Avenue, , IL 60613 (773) 360-7687 Visit Website


4800 N. Central, Chicago, IL (773) 283-5545

Asado Coffee

363 West Erie Street, , IL 60654 (773) 703-3658 Visit Website


13 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 266-0944 Visit Website