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18 Updates On New Chicago Restaurants

Including: Cemitas Puebla Hyde Park, Little Beet Table, Knife, Old Irving Brewing & more

Knife in Lincoln Square
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.

HYDE PARK— The new location of Cemitas Puebla should open next week inside the former Packed space. Chef/owner Tony Anteliz said he should have an opening date announcement in a couple of days. DNAinfo reported they’ll be adding a breakfast menu.

WICKER PARK— After Jerry’s Sandwiches closes later this month, the former co-owner of Union Park Lounge wants to take over the space. DNAinfo reported that the new, unnamed space at 1938 W. Division St. will be a gastropub and continue to host live music.

THE LOOP— The ownership behind One North Kitchen and Bar are planning a second restaurant inside a Loop office building, reported Crain’s. They’ve found 10,000 square feet of space at 70 W. Madison St.

LINCOLN SQUARE— Nick’s Pizza Pub, with locations in suburban Crystal Lake and Elgin is coming to Chicago at Montrose and Artesian, according to NBC5 Chicago. They want to open sometime between April and June 2017.

GOLD COAST— Chef Franklin Becker’s Little Beet Table, announced in November, will soon open in Chicago. They’re gunning for a mid-September opening at 845 N. State St. The New York-based chain focus on the veggies, giving diners smarter food options.

STREETERVILLE— Inside the new Marriott Hotel EMC2, scheduled for a March 2017 opening at 226-228 E. Ontario St., a new restaurant will open. Curbed Chicago reports it will be called The Albert, in deference to the hotel's name.

HYDE PARK— Nando’s Peri-Peri is heading toward the South Side. They’re taking over the former Clarke’s at 1447 E. 53rd St., reported DNAinfo.

LINCOLN SQUARE— As Knife, the new Lincoln Square steakhouse from the owners of Fork, heads toward a mid-month opening, workers finally put up signage at the restaurant. Photo above.

WRIGLEYVILLE— A new French cafe is targeting a Sept. 22 opening date at 3307 N. Clark St. It’s called Maison Parisienne, and the Tribune reported they’ll serve pastries, croissants and other French specialties. The French flag and the Cubs do share the same colors.

WICKER PARK— Vinny D’s will sling shaved ice, hot dogs and Italian beef at 1709 W. Division St., reported DNAinfo. They could open in March 2017.

WRIGLEYVILLE— The opening of Myron Mixon’s Smoke Show Barbecue has been delayed in Chicago, and it appears a Washington, D.C. location will open first, reps say. But there’s some progress: They’ve begun hiring staff.

OLD IRVING— Old Irving Brewing, the new brewpub with food from Matthias Merges (Yusho, Billy Sunday), is slowing coming along. They’re still targeting a mid-September opening, and they’ve also started hiring.

RIVER NORTH— Here’s an update on Katana, the glitzy Japanese restaurant going inside the former Bin 36 space in River North. Ownership started demo work on the space and is hoping (fingers crossed) to open in April or May 2017, according to Jason Chan, who will run the restaurant.

BOYSTOWN— Now that Taverna 750 has left Boystown and moved to Andersonville, there’s new activity at their old location. The new name of the spot appears to be Tom’s Bistro 750 according to health inspections, so stay tuned for details.

SOUTH LOOP— The City Tavern space could soon see life at 1416 S. Michigan Ave. Sloopin’ snapped a shot of new signage for Victory Tap.

IRVING PARK— Even though Jeff Mauro’s crew announced this location before the Bucktown spot, it looks like the Pork & Mindy’s over on the North Side at 4359 W. Irving Park Road has hit a snag. There’s no opening date as of now, reported DNAinfo.

ROSCOE VILLAGE— Signage for the new Bangers & Lace has gone up in Roscoe Village at 1851 W. Addison St. It’s the third B&L, with the original in Wicker Park and a second in Evanston. Reps have no updates just yet on when it may open.

Bangers & Lace Roscoe

RIVER NORTH— Jet’s Pizza, purveyors of Detroit-style pan pizza, appear to be moving its River North location down the street. There’s signage at 207 W. Superior St. It looks like it would replace the Jet’s at 670 N. Wells St.

Jet’s Pizza in River North.
Ashok Selvam