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Rick Bayless Unleashing Cruz Blanca and Lena Brava on Cinco De Mayo

Reservations are available now

Lena Brava
Lena Brava
Courtesy of Rick Bayless

Chicago eating and drinking aficionados have less than two weeks until Rick Bayless opens his highly-anticipated new projects on Randolph Row. Bayless is finally unleashing the dual connected projects Cruz Blanca brewery/tasting room and Lena Brava hearth-driven restaurant fittingly on Cinco De Mayo, ending the long wait for what he said back in 2013 is "like nothing" in the U.S.

Reservations for the Baja-inspired seafood restaurant Lena Brava are available now via the website.

To recap, Bayless signed the lease back in October 2013 and teased some of the details a month later. Construction and permitting had been very slow—and Bayless revealed little else about them until more than two years later, including a taqueria of sorts in the brewery's tasting room, many more details on the restaurant, and mezcal-driven beverage program. Now, the projects are finally set to open on May 5. Much more to come.

Lena Brava

900 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 733-1975