HUMBOLDT PARK— Cafe Marie-Jeanne, the 56-seat French-style restaurant and store from ex-Rootstock chef Mike Simmons at Augusta and California, is open, serving only breakfast and lunch until Jan. 13. After that they'll have regular hours, but they're closed for private events this weekend. Status: Soft open for breakfast and lunch, 1001 N. California Ave.
LINCOLNSHIRE— Vintage video game fanboys and fangirls in the burbs have a new spot, as Emporium Lake County is now open. The third spot from the Emporium Arcade Bar folks and first in the suburbs, it offers jumbo pizza slices and craft beer so the 21+ patrons can dart around and play more than 40 "entertainment devices" (writing arcade games would be too simplistic). [Tribune] Status: Certified open, 275 Parkway Drive, Suite 311, Lincolnshire
LAKEVIEW— City Italian beef fans near the Belmont Red Line CTA stop finally can sample Beef Shack, the suburban chain with spots in Hoffman Estates and St. Charles. The chain reportedly plans two more city locations. [DNAinfo] Status: Opening this weekend, 1048 W. Belmont Ave.
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE— Bar Louie has opened another spot, this time inside the former Morgan's on Maxwell. They're featuring 30 beers on tap and a revamped menu, "90 percent from scratch." [DNAinfo] Status: Certified open, 1325 S. Halsted St.
GALEWOOD PARK— A new Eastern European spot is open near the city's western border. Elbrus Restaurant is bringing Russian lamb and beef dishes to a BYO where the 24-year-old owner says he only uses organic ingredients. [Tribune] Status: Certified open, 6818 W. North Ave.
BELMONT CENTRAL— The owner of Wicker Park's Hollywood Grill and The Hat on the corners of Ashland and North avenues has opened another fast-food spot, this time at the corner of Grand and Austin avenues. It's called Tommy's on Grand, and like The Hat, it promises Chicago-style street food. Status: Certified open, 6001 W. Grand Ave.