LAKEVIEW— Late January is now when Iliana Regan (Elizabeth) and Phil Tadros (Bow Truss) should finally open their oft-delayed bakery and event space, Bunny, The Bunny Microbakery at 2928 N. Broadway St., according to the Elizabeth e-newsletter. Follow their Instagram account at @LilBunnyBakery.
WEST LAKEVIEW—Meanwhile, on the other end of Lakeview, the Southport building where Billy Lawless and Ryan O'Donnell were reportedly planning a restaurant has been demolished. Lawless hasn't returned multiple messages so there are no other updates on the project at 3335 N. Southport.
OLD IRVING PARK— The city granted Eris Cider House & Brewery a demolition permit last week which clears another obstacle for what would be Chicago's first cider house. Eris' Michelle Foik remains hesitant to provide a target opening, as she and her crew await more city approvals for the project at the former church at 4240 W. Irving Park Road.
WEST LOOP—La Sirena Clandestina chef/owner John Manion is now hoping to open El Che Bar in March. The hearth is built and the design is coming along, he says, and he revealed plans for serving fernet and cokes in pinguinos, the penguin-shaped Argentinian pitchers often used for wine.
OLD IRVING PARK—A mysterious sign for Irving Park Brewing Co. and "coming in 2016" has appeared on the exterior of the building where the late Homaro Cantu was planning to open his Crooked Fork brewery. Trevor Rose-Hamblin, who took the baton from Cantu on the project, says he doesn't know what the sign is and that he has no updates. He was previously hoping to open the brewery by early 2016.
STREETERVILLE— That special Molly's Cupcakes opening next to the Target in Streeterville should open in February, according to cafe owner Bindu Illuri. This location of the famed cupcake purveyors will also sell alcoholic drinks at 419 E. Illinois St.
WEST TOWN— Great Central Brewing Co., at 221 N. Wood, is slated to open this summer, the Tribune reports. The 4,000-square-foot tap room and brewery near Goose Island's brewing facility that was originally reported in August will also serve food.