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Bow Truss Signs Wicker Park Lease, Just Salad's Expansion, More AM Intel

Plus, "Bar Rescue" calls Best Intentions

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Bow Truss Coffee Roasters' Wicker Park site.
Bow Truss Coffee Roasters' Wicker Park site.
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Bow Truss Coffee Roasters is coming to Wicker Park. Owner Phil Tadros on Thursday signed a lease for a former dentist's office at 1948 W. North Ave. He estimates opening in four to six months, as they need to gut the space and design the coffee shop. Tadros said he may have two more expansion announcements for Hyde Park and Lakeview on the horizon.

—After opening their first Chicago location in March 2015, New York-based Just Salad on Thursday announced four new Chicago locations, with more possibly coming in 2017. They'll open April 1 at 120 W. Adams St. and this summer in the West Loop at 10 S. Riverside Plaza. A news release didn't reveal addresses for the two other locations, only saying they'll open later in 2016.

Southport & Irving has a new chef: Andrew Shedden. Shedden is the former executive chef at Mon Ami Gabi, starting that job in 2012. He's a native of the Northwest suburbs.

—What's up Union Sushi and Franklin Room owner Mike Schatzman's sleeve? It appears he's working on a new a project, as he posted a photo of blueprints on his Instagram account. It's not a clear shot, but the mystery is intriguing.

—While Bow Truss hopes to defeat Starbucks in one of their largest markets, Seattle's mega chain keeps growing. Everyone knows how difficult it is to find a Starbucks downtown, so the company has decided to open one at 200 N. Michigan Ave. DNAinfo noted it's the fourth Starbucks within a four-block stretch.

—After a "Bar Rescue" rep called the Hopleaf with an offer of a makeover, this news can't be very surprising. But Best Intentions' Christopher Marty said a rep from the reality TV show called him with the same offer, which is funny because the bar is routinely packed with customers. Don't think the locals want their beloved dive to transform into a sports bar.

Rockit Bar & Grill is launching a new dinner menu on Monday. Not only are there new offerings, but they've brought some old items back and have added a healthy section. Check it out below.

Rockit Menu Spring 2016

Rockit Bar & Grill

22 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312 645 6000 Visit Website

Southport & Irving

4000 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 857-2890 Visit Website

Best Intentions

3281 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (312) 818-1254 Visit Website