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14 Updates On Upcoming Chicago Area Restaurants

The latest on Pleasant House, HopCat, Estereo, El Solazo in the West Loop, Coda Di Volpe, Bixi and more

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Ashok Selvam
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

LOGAN SQUARE— Estereo, the all-day bar with Latin American-inspired cocktails and coffee, won't open tomorrow as originally planned. Heisler Hospitality has delayed the opening and a rep says there isn't a new concrete opening date yet at 2450 N. Milwaukee Ave.

PILSEN— Pleasant House Pub says they aim to "get things rolling by the end of this week" via Facebook. A rep wasn't able to clarify if that means they'll open this week in the former Nightwood space, 2119 S. Halsted St. Many folks miss Pleasant House Bakery's savory pies, which will be augmented with beer in the new space.

Pleasant House Pub

[Photo: Daniel Gerzina]

LINCOLN PARK— The owner of HopCat, the Michigan-based chain of brewpubs, talked about his 10th location, planned for Lincoln ParkMark Sellers told MLive that the permit process in Chicago has been easier compared to Detroit. Sellers, who lived in Chicago, said he's happy to be near a college campus (DePaul), where residents are more open to craft beer. There's still no opening date for 2577 N. Clark St.

LINCOLN PARK— There's a coffee shop planned in Lincoln Park inside a former UPS Store at 858 W. Armitage Ave., according to a permit. No, it's not going to be a Bow Truss, though Phil Tadros said he was interested in the location. Darrell Windle, a real estate developer, is listed on the permit.

WEST LOOP— There's still plenty of work needed at El Solazo in the West Loop, as the owners bring their South Side Mexican spot to Randolph and Halsted. They recently received a permit for $1.5 million in work on the building at 740 W. Randolph St. which will include a rooftop.

WEST LOOP— Roti Mediterranean Grill, the assembly-line chain, has rebranded to Roti Modern Mediterranean, and an upcoming location at Ogilvie Transportation Center will have beer, cocktails and wine on tap, reports Crain's. It should open later this month. There's a second location that will also serve alcohol planned at 80 E. Lake St.

WEST TOWN— The team behind Temporis continue to put the final touches on their opening menu. There's still no opening timeframe for the fine-dining option coming to 933 N. Ashland Ave.

AROUND TOWN— Sugarfire Smokehouse, a St. Louis-based barbecue chain, is looking to open multiple Chicago locations. They're currently looking for a 3,000- 5,000-square-foot space.

BUCKTOWN/THE 606— The Stop Along, a restaurant serving New York-style pizza is planned for a mid-August opening at 1812 N. Milwaukee Ave. They've launched a Kickstarter campaign. There's a heavy dose of 80s nostalgia and superheroes. They've raised about half of the $15,000 goal with two weeks left in the campaign.

LAKEVIEW— Billy Lawless' (The Gage, The Dawsonsouthern Italian restaurant, Coda Di Volpe, should soon have an opening date at 3335 N. Southport Ave.

LOGAN SQUARE— Ryuu BBQ Grill is inching closer to an opening at 2766 N. Milwaukee Ave. The team behind the table-top grill concept has applied for a liquor license.

LOGAN SQUARE— Bo Fowler (Owen and Engine) and her staff are busy developing the menu over at Bixiher Far East-inspired restaurant over 2515 N. Milwaukee Ave. The menu may include a cured duck egg, pictured below.

Bixi duck egge

[Photo: Facebook]

ELK GROVE VILLAGE— Chicago Italian-American family favorite Leona's plans opening a suburban Elk Grove Village location in August, reports The Daily Herald. They're also eyeing locations in Glenview and Evanston.

OAK PARK— A new bakery, whose owners have worked at Hoosier Mama Pie Co. and Blackbird, could open later this month or in mid-August in the suburbs. The Tribune reports that Spilt Milk Pastry will have seat 10 and offer cookies, cakes, pie —even the savory kind. It's coming to 103 S. Oak Park Ave.

Ogilvie Transportation Center

500 West Madison Street, , IL 60661