Tomorrow, Brendan Sodikoff's line-inducing burgers make their way north. Small Cheval, a spinoff of the nationally-acclaimed Au Cheval, opens in the Roxie's by the Slice space on Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown. Lines should move faster than the sometimes three-hour wait at the Randolph Row original, as this location is more geared for a faster pace and takeout service.
Former Roxie's patrons will certainly recognize the space, which only received a little redecorating and new signage during the two-month interim. There's 36 seats inside and 72 more on the large rear patio. But the main difference is that burgers are replacing pizza, of course, and the food menu is much smaller than the Randolph Street original—just a hamburger, cheeseburger, a few topping upgrades, and fries. To drink, there's shakes, beer, draft cocktails, shots, and iced coffee. Roxie's was only open at night, and Small Cheval will open at 11 a.m.
While Sodikoff originally said the burger shop would just be a summer popup, his rep now says that it will be a permanent replacement. Check it out tomorrow, and say goodbye to Roxie's.
Small Cheval, Wednesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave.