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Hot Doug's Space Getting New Restaurant, Franks 'N' Dawgs Is Shuttered, More Intel

Plus, Catalpa Kitchen also shutters in Logan and an update on Burt's Place

Frank Meats Patty, the previous tenant for the Hot Doug's space
Frank Meats Patty, the previous tenant for the Hot Doug's space
Marc Much

—Another restaurant owner is taking a crack at reigniting the magic inside the former home of Hot Doug's. The people behind Lakeview's Cafe Tola hope that empanadas, tacos and espresso will do the trick, DNAinfo reports, as their third location is slated to open in Doug Sohn's former stomping grounds at 3324 N. California Ave. in around three weeks. The space, which is now being painted over on the outside, has been vacant since Frank Meats Patty threw in the towel in December.

—In other creative hot dog and sausage news: the popular Franks 'N' Dawgs is no more on Clybourn, news which slipped through the cracks as it shuttered on June 14. The space had been for sale since the summer of 2014 so the closing isn't a big surprise. Owner Alex Brunacci was hoping to relocate to a larger location somewhere in the West Loop, but there's no word if that will come to fruition as he hasn't responded to inquiries this week. The good news is you can still eat Franks 'N' Dawgs at Lollapalooza this week. Meanwhile, Brunacci's other restaurant, The Peasantry in Lakeview, remains on the real estate market too.

—Continuing with the shutter news, a promising all-day restaurant in Logan Square is done for good. Catalpa Kitchen, at 2800 W. Logan Blvd., announced the news on its website. It opened in September 2015 and lasted less than 11 months.

Catalpa Kitchen Marc Much

Catalpa Kitchen

—And Taverna 750, a popular Italian-tinged restaurant and cocktail spot in Boystown, may be going away as well. Go Pride reports that its landlord applied for licensing to open their own restaurant in the space, which would force Taverna out, although it would reportedly look for a new home nearby. Owner Paul Cannella hasn't responded to requests for an update on the situation.

—Meanwhile out in Morton Grove, the reopening of iconic pizzeria Burt's Place is delayed until mid-September, the new ownership announced on social media.

—Finally, Kuma's Corner is bringing back its controversial "Ghost Burger" topped with a communion wafer for a limited time this weekend in honor of the band Ghost coming to town to play two sets.

Hot Doug's

3324 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 Visit Website

Frank Meats Patty

3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 482-1000 Visit Website

Taverna 750

750 W Cornelia Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 904-7466 Visit Website

Franks 'N' Dawgs

1863 N Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 773 477 7200 Visit Website

Kuma's Corner

2900 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 604-8769 Visit Website

Mi Tocaya Antojeria

2800 W Logan blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 (872) 315-3947 Visit Website

The Peasantry

2723 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 868-4888 Visit Website

Burt's Place

8541 Ferris Avenue, , IL 60053 (847) 965-7997 Visit Website

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