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Bucktown Italian Ice Stalwart Shutters After 21 Years

Plus, Stephanie Izard’s new rooftop spot could open within a month and more morning news

Miko’s Italian Ice is no longer available in Bucktown
Miko’s Italian Ice [Official Photo]

Bucktown favorite Miko’s Italian Ice shutters after more than two decades

After 21 years in Bucktown, Miko’s Italian Ice has closed its original location. Zach Roombos, whose family founded the essential Chicago spot, said the building has been sold. Miko’s is open seasonally and the family decided in February they wouldn’t reopen for the spring at 1846 N. Damen Avenue. They’re scouting other locations including in Hermosa, however, to join the Logan Square and Irving Park spots that remain open. “Thank you for the support over the years, it’s been great to make the memories. We hope to see familiar faces at the other stores. We’re still here,” Roombas said.

Stephanie Izard’s newest restaurant could open within a month

Cabra, Stephanie Izard’s rooftop Peruvian spot in the forthcoming Hoxton Chicago hotel in Fulton Market, is slated to open in early April, Crain’s reports. Its menu will focus on ceviche, emanadas, sandwiches, and more. Stay tuned for more details on it and the other food and beverage outlets in the hotel.

The Sandwich King’s restaurant chain is coming to many grocery stores

Jeff Mauro’s Pork & Mindy’s will open counters in 28 local Mariano’s stores, the Tribune reports, starting with a Bronzeville location this week. The counters will offer sandwiches, tots, and grab-and-go items. The fast-casual chain is still growing following its first Bucktown location in 2015, as it has six locations now including in Denver and Minneapolis.

Police shut down a popular River North nightclub following shooting

And finally, well-known downtown nightlife spot Sound Bar is closed temporarily by Chicago police after a Friday morning shooting that killed a doorman and injured an associate of the club, according to multiple reports. Its owners and the city need to agree on an “appropriate public safety plan” before it can reopen under the Summary Closure ordinance.

Sound Bar

226 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 787-4480 Visit Website

Pork & Mindy's

1623 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 799-8759 Visit Website

Miko's Italian Ice

2236 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 645-9664 Visit Website