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Peek Inside Randolph Row’s New Bi-Level Mexican Restaurant, La Josie

The restaurant and rooftop grows closer to an opening on the West Loop’s Halsted/Randolph corner

La Josie
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.

The West Loop should soon see a new Mexican restaurant with a rooftop bar on the corner of Randolph and Halsted streets. Last week, food inspectors gave the owners of La Josie the green light, paving the way for the restaurant to finally open at 740 W. Randolph St. La Josie is the second restaurant from the owners of El Solazo, a Mexican restaurant near Midway Airport.

Owner Jose Barajas has been reluctant to provide an opening date. It might have something to do with the neighborhood. La Josie’s neighbors—The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet—also have not opened yet, as the ambitious wine bar and restaurant addresses its own delays. Barajas intended to open La Josie last year.

Barajas and his team gave guests a sneak peek inside the space with photos via Facebook and the restaurant’s website. The website describes La Josie as having “regional and traditional flavors paired with signature cocktails will satisfy even the savviest foodie.” Their first restaurant, El Solazo, has been open since 2007 at the corner of 56th and Pulaski — a much different animal than Randolph Restaurant Row, home of some of America’s most acclaimed restaurants.

Stay tuned for any news on an opening date, but for the moment, check out the photos below.