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Nando's Heading to Oak Park Next, Vice's Guide to Chicago, More Intel

Plus, updates on Urbanbelly Wicker Park and the lobster roll restaurant coming to the Google building.

Nando's West Loop
Nando's West Loop
Courtesy of Nando's

—Oak Park will be the latest local area to get a Nando's Peri-Peri, as the Tribune reports that the cult-favorite South African flame-grilled chicken chain hopes to open in April at 1138 W. Lake St. The first Chicago Nando's opened on Randolph Row in May 2015, which was followed by Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Loop spots.

Vice's series of city guides continues with its Chicago edition that they released earlier this week. They tackle important topics like pizza, Italian beef and burgers in that familiar Vice-like way, which the Reader isn't so enthralled with.

Urbanbelly Wicker Park will arrive in March, restaurant reps confirmed. Bill Kim's ramen haven's second location will take over the former Penny's Noodle Shop at 1542 N. Damen Ave. Here's the menu in PDF for those unfamiliar with the West Loop location.

Smack Shack, the Minneapolis-based lobster roll restaurant, is hoping to open in the Google building next to Swift & Sons in April or May at 1000 W. Fulton Market. The space will be large—1000 square-feet and 300 seats—with retractable full-front windows. You can taste its food for the first time in Chicago at Fremont's Mardi Gras event on Tuesday, where they'll serve andouille sausage po boys.

—The Northwest Side is getting a Parisian chocolaterie and tea room this spring in Maison de Castelnau in North Park, DNAinfo reports. The two-in-one concept is planning to open in April at 3352 W. Bryn Mawr.

—That long-awaited Lincoln Square iteration of Jerry's Sandwiches is almost ready to open after passing inspections this week, ownership said. They'll offer the same menus as their other locations, and the opening could happen next weekend. DNAinfo has more from their owners.

Flat Top Grill, which recently revamped its menu, has been purchased by bd's Mongolian Grill, Crain's reported. The mini-chain, which began in 1995 in Lincoln Park, struggled financially. Earlier this week, the chain closed a Lakeview location that had been around for 18 years.

Penny's Noodle Shop

1542 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 394-0100 Visit Website


1000 W Fulton, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 600-9230

Nando's PERi-PERi

1717 Post Oak Boulevard, , TX 77056 (832) 669-9930 Visit Website