Owner Jeni Britton Bauer chats about what to expect Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream's upcoming location in Chicago.
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Kuma's Too, the second location of the massively popular burger joint Kuma's Corner, announced that it was ready for business with a hilariously to-the-point post today on Facebook.
Should we believe the rumor that Shake Shack, that beloved New York burger institution, is planning on opening a location in Chicago? Selfishly, we want the rumor to be true, if only so that we can be close to one of the restaurant's gloriously griddled burgers.
If you're like us and find it impossible to stop drooling over the grilled cheese sandwich available at Grahamwich, perhaps G.E.B. can break your concentration for a little bit.
Restauranteur Scott Harris is never one to make small plans. So, though a doughnut shop should in theory be a stripped down project focused on the singular glory of fried dough, he upped the ante by opening two of them on the same day. Called Glazed and Infused, this mini doughnut chain will serve both cake and yeast versions, plus a few speciality items, like the Maple Bacon Long John.
Black Dog Gelato, which currently has just one location in the Ukrainian village, is getting ready to open a second location in Roscoe Village. Owner and pastry chef Jessica Oloroso wrote that the "larger space will have additional indoor seating and will allow Black Dog Gelato to increase production and share its frozen treats with a wider audience."
On a recent drive along Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square, I noticed that the maroon sign for Accanto (an Italian restaurant that opened a few years ago) had been covered up. In its place was a new Thai restaurant called Blue Sprout.
Publican Quality Meats, which is located right next door to The Publican, will open its doors for the first time on Monday, February 5. Only bread and pantry items will be available for the first week due to inspections. As if just to tease us, a video was also just released showcasing Kahan's crew butchering up a big ol' pile of meat.
Logan Square's restaurant scene has blown up over the past two years, so it was strange that it still didn't have a good Chicago stand. Luckily, Mr. G's just opened, and I'm happy to report that along with hand-cut fries, it serves natural casing hot dogs.
Bill Kim, the restauranteur behind Urban Belly and Belly Shack, is teaming up with Cornerstone Restaurant Group and Michael Jordan for BellyQ. Details are limited at this point, but the website claims that you can "expect a flavor palette that's boldly smoky and brightly piquant."
Wingstop, which already has 19 restaurants in the Chicago area, will soon add an additional 14 locations. No word on the exact spots, but the thought of how many wings will be fried at any one time in the area is kind of mind-boggling.
If you were struck by some hunger pangs while looking over The Best Falafel in the Loop slideshow, but don't particulary want to make the trek downtown today, you are in luck.
Epic Burger opened a brand new location today inside the old post office in Streeterville, it is the fourth location for the rapidly expanding local burger chain. Featuring a well-smashed patty and some pretty amazing fries, this is one location we wouldn't mind seeing a few more of around town.
Al's #1 Italian Beef at 2804 N. Western Avenue opens today in Avondale.
Last night Alinea chef Grant Achatz announced on Twitter (just as the James Beard Foundation Awards were kicking off) that he and business partner Nick Kokonas will be opening a new restaurant project in the fall called Next and a bar (without bartenders) called Aviary. The experimental menus will rotate by season, with each one focusing on a different era and setting, like Paris 1912 and Hong Kong 2036.
[Photograph: Franco Grassano] FYI: Do you remember how Daniel Zemans wrote about Nella Grassano's impending return to the Chicago Neapolitan-pizza scene? Daniel just let it drop in the comments of that post that the official opening date of Nella...