ARLINGTON HEIGHTS— The owners of Wasabi and Ramen Takeya are opening another spot, this time in suburban Arlington Heights, home of the area's largest Japanese population. Yakitori Boogytori will offer plenty of skewer meats and veggies. Status: Soft opened earlier this week, official opening on Tuesday, 932 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights.
LAKEVIEW— A former Frank Meats Patty worker has opened his own hot dog stand at the corner of Sheffield and Wellington in the former Hot Diggity Dogs spot. Bob's El Stop will serve burgers, dogs and early morning coffee and pastries to commuters, reports DNAinfo. Status: Certified open, 947 W. Wellington Ave.
EVANSTON— There's a new Chinese spot in Evanston, part of a larger California-based chain of restaurants. Peppercorns Kitchen is serving up Szechuan cuisine, first noticed by eagle-eyed members at LTHForum. Peppercorns' Facebook page confirms the opening. Status: Certified open, 620 Davis St., Evanston.
LAKEVIEW— Crave cinnamon rolls near the Belmont CTA Brown/Red line stop? Try The House Cafe, which also serves coffee and paninis, according to DNAinfo. Status: Certified open, 3208 N. Sheffield Ave.
LAKEVIEW— After a false call last week, Blackwood BBQ is opening its third location in Lakeview. Craft beer will be served next month and officials are calling the space near the Belmont CTA red and brown line station its flagship, with new items including a kids menu and a chipotle potato salad. Status: Opening Saturday, 962 W. Belmont Ave.
ROMEOVILLE—Brewery and taproom Metal Monkey will soon celebrate its grand opening in Romeoville. There's seating for about 65, and they'll have six beers on tap to debut. Ownership wants to attract food trucks to feed hungry customers. Status: Opening Saturday, 515 Anderson Drive, Suite 900.
WAUCONDA— Side Lot Brewery opened a 60-seat brewpub in suburban Wauconda, reports Crain's. They're debuting with three beers and two ciders. For food, look for small plates. Status: Certified open, 110 Slocum Lake Road, Wauconda.