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Arami Re-opens, 42 Grams Could Start Alcohol Service, More Intel

Plus, two new-ish restaurants start dinner and breakfast service

Arami’s sushi bar is back tonight.

—Happy post-election Wednesday, Chicago. Here’s some positive news to kick off this morning roundup: one of Chicago’s best Japanese restaurants is back in business in West Town tonight. Arami closed temporarily after it caught fire in early October. Ty Fujimura’s sushi stalwart relaunches with a few dishes, including short rib donburi, Karai mussels, and a Japanese mushroom risotto. Read the full new menu below.

—One of Chicago’s best BYO fine-dining restaurants may not be BYO for much longer. 42 Grams, which retained its two Michelin stars last week, applied for a liquor license and thus may start serving alcohol. Chef-owner Jake Bickelhaupt hasn’t responded to an inquiry about it so there’s no official word on what the Uptown spot may pour.

Animale, the casual follow-up to Italian star restaurant Osteria Langhe, rolled out breakfast service this week next to the Western Blue Line stop. Two breakfast paninis, lemon and ricotta pancakes, a farro, quinoa and vegetable breakfast bowl, Sparrow coffee, and more are available for grab-and-go or eat-in every weekday between 7 and 10 a.m. Full menu here.

—Another new Italian restaurant is expanding service hours this week. Pisolino, the new cafe in Avondale, launches dinner service on Thursday after soft opening in late October with daytime service. It’s still BYO, however, as it waits on a liquor license.

—And finally, Green Bean, the "alternative fast food" restaurant across the street from the DePaul campus in Lincoln Park, is dunzo. ownership announced on Facebook on Monday. It lasted almost exactly a year.


1829 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 243-1535 Visit Website


2755 West Belmont Avenue, , IL 60618 (773) 293-6025 Visit Website


1904 western, Chicago, IL 60647 (872) 315-3912

Green Bean

734 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 661-2465

42 grams

4662 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640 Visit Website