Provide chain. Labor. Omicron. No Chicago Public College lessons. Opening a restaurant isn’t a straightforward, however for Chicago’s hospitality group, the problem has elevated in current weeks. Be that as it might, 2022 affords an opportunity to interrupt free from these doldrums as there are many restaurant tasks to stay up for for the approaching 12 months throughout town. Listed here are a number of the extra outstanding upcoming eating places set to open in 2022.
Listed in alphabetical order.
Tackle: 3325 N. Southport, Lakeview
Key gamers: Boka Restaurant Group, chef Lee Wolen
Boka, one of many metropolis’s most embellished restaurant teams, is banking on a post-pandemic restoration with a number of tasks, together with a triple menace in Lakeview. They’ve taken over the historic Southport Lanes web site and are planning three eating places that may open in phases. The primary is GG’s Rooster Store, a derivative of a pandemic carryout pivot that operated at Boka in Lincoln Park. Lakeview and the Southport Hall clamors for household pleasant, and roast rooster with sides appears to cater to that.
The corporate has but to make a proper announcement in regards to the different two eating places deliberate inside. Possession has harassed these venues shall be distinct, don’t search for a meals corridor arrange. Boka’s gunning for a summer season opening.
Tackle: 4420 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Bronzeville
Key Gamers: Eric Williams, Cecilia Cuff, Anika Ellison
Pandemic delays proceed to change plans for this wine bar and restaurant, one thing that may very well be a sport changer for Bronzeville and your entire South Facet. Wine bars are scared south of Madison, and Bronzeville Vineyard goals to supply a relaxed environment the place mates can collect and nosh on elevated bites with out being too snotty. Co-owner Eric Williams, is the proprietor of the Silver Room, a revered Hyde Park retailer with sturdy ties to the Black group.
Tackle: 847 N. State Road, River North
Key Gamers: What If Syndicate, chef Danny Grant
Maple & Ash is expensive and excessive with decadent steaks and wines. Etta is a Swiss Military Knife in Bucktown and River North, good for households and date nights. Chef Danny Grant and firm are hoping their newest concept, Cafe Sophie, plugs the subsequent area of interest: On daily basis eating. It’s a European-style cafe with a full kitchen — pastries and breakfast sandwiches with bread made on premises. Grant needs to open a number of areas, turning this cafe right into a neighborhood beacon. Grant is hoping for a mid-March opening.
Tackle: 2853 N. Kedzie Avenue, Logan Sq.
Key participant: Jonathan Zaragoza
Jonathan Zaragoza has been holding pop-ups to preview his new Mexican-American restaurant, however has hidden the tackle from a lot of the general public. Effectively, a liquor license utility and Google itemizing solved that thriller — it area that the majority just lately housed Jam, and earlier than that Yusho. As for when diners will get to style treats just like the Pamburguesa (Slagel Farm smash burger, “guajillo-stained” telera bun, stained white onion, American cheese, salsa especial, pickles)? It ought to occur quickly in January. Zaragoza’s household owns the enduring Birrieria Zaragoza, slinging delectable goat tacos. Zaragoza additionally helmed the kitchen at now-shuttered Masa Azul in Logan Sq..
Tackle: 504 N. Wells Road, River North
Key Gamers: Boka Restaurant Group, chef Daniel Rose
Boka Restaurant Group, the James Beard Award-winning firm that’s labored with cooks together with Stephanie Izard (Woman & the Goat) is making waves exterior of Chicago with openings in LA and the East Coast, however they haven’t forgotten the house group. They’re taking up the previous Bottled Blonde area to open a bustling French bistro with a big-time chef. Suburban Chicago native Daniel Rose has earned Michelin success in France and New York. He’ll come dwelling to open Le Choose, however preserve his different tasks, together with Le Coucou, the 2017 Beard winner for Finest New Restaurant. Rose says he’s influenced by Chicago’s status as a metropolis of business and its structure and can let that drive how he’ll develop his newest French menu. Boka and Rose plan for a late summer season opening.
Tackle: 1800 W. Addison Road, Avondale
Key Participant: Valeria Taylor
Since 2016, Valeria Taylor’s tiny unbiased bakery in Roscoe Village has constructed a loyal following with scrumptious pastries, together with mole croissants and churro challah, with ingenious mixtures impressed by Taylor’s Mexican heritage. In June, Taylor introduced a transfer to a brand new roomier area for higher social distancing and to put in an accessible lavatory. What she didn’t depend on was her lack of ability to safe a financial institution mortgage to pay for the transfer. As a final resort, she arrange a GoFundMe web page: her authentic purpose had been $25,000, however the group got here by means of and raised $26,927. Now Taylor is contending with varied development delays, however she hopes to be able to open within the spring. — Aimee Levitt
Tackle: 905 W. Fulton Market, Fulton Market
Key Participant: DineAmic Hospitality
The pandemic has stalled the opening of Lyra, a Greek restaurant from the homeowners of Bar Siena. However possession stays excited as they’re bringing in staff from Greece to show American staffers. The group is headlined by Athinagoras Kostakos and Alexis Zopas, two cooks who DineAmic’s group met whereas touring. Wooden and coal will energy the solid-fuel kitchen, one thing that DineAmic co-founder Luke Stoioff may be very stoked about.
Tackle: 3518 S. Halsted Road, Bridgeport
Key Gamers: chef Kevin Hickey, Brandon Phillips, Our Revival Chicago LLC and Baum Revision LLC.
Chef Kevin Hickey (The Duck Inn) says his menu is prepared — they’ll have a piece dedicated to chili — when he reopens Ramova Grill contained in the 90-year-old Ramova Theater that’s going by means of a $23 million transform. Hickey has a keenness for the world and needs to deliver again a few of these meals reminiscences, together with some Lithuanian flavors of yore. Count on old-school diner specials, as effectively. Brandon Phillips, Hickey’s long-time collaborator, is engaged on drinks and Hickey says Phillips is able to serve up the cocktails that may blow concert-goers away. There’s additionally a thriller: a brewery has signed on to hitch the mission. Whereas Hickey received’t reveal a reputation, he does say the brewery isn’t from Chicago, however it’s a nationally recognized model. Search for a late 2022 debut as development began in October.
Key Gamers: Mindy Segal
Tackle: 1623 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Bucktown
Mindy Segal turned over a brand new leaf when she shuttered Mindy’s HotChocolate, because the famend baker wished to dedicate extra power towards baked items fairly than working a full-service restaurant. She’s taking up the previous Crimson Hen Bakery, outfitting it with extra trendy gear so she will be able to make bagels, cookies, breads, and extra treats. In fact, her weekend enterprise exterior of her former restaurant continues to attract traces on Saturdays. However as soon as her bakery opens — Segal says late February or early March — clients received’t have to attend for the weekend.
Key Gamers: Maryellis Bunn
Tackle: 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile
The historic former dwelling of the Chicago Tribune has been overtaken by builders to create a dwelling metaphor for the state of journalism. The Museum of Ice Cream will occupy 13,544 sq. ft of that area, promising an experiential tour filled with Instagram-worth websites. there’s a museum in New York, and although the area is gentle on historical past (one thing administration is making an attempt to work on), it promising some good, clear touristy enjoyable alongside the Magazine Mile. There may even be a Chicago-style ice cream sizzling canine to seize some native highlight. Count on a summer season debut.
Key Gamers: Oliver and Nicolas Poilevey
Tackle: 700 N. Sedgwick Road, River North
Brothers Oliver and Nicolas Poilevey grew up across the restaurant enterprise as their dad and mom owned legendary French restaurant Le Sardine and Le Bouchon. Sardine closed in the course of the pandemic, however Le Bouchon continues to maintain their clients blissful in Bucktown. Oliver Poilevey says he wasn’t trying to open one other French restaurant, however when the previous Entente area was provided, he reconsidered. Obelix will serve French meals from the angle of the Poilevy children, by means of the eyes of a Chicagoan. So whereas traditional dishes shall be on the menu, anticipate a extra trendy American twist. Search for a February opening.
Key Gamers: Urbanspace
Tackle: 233 S. Wacker Drive
After opening its first Chicago meals corridor in 2021 within the Loop, Urbanspace continues to work on opening its second meals corridor, this time inside town’s tallest skyscraper. On the second stage, there shall be 12,000 sq. ft for distributors, together with Roberta’s Pizza, to serve downtown staff and vacationers. This mission banks on life returning to some semblance of normalcy for vacationers and workplace staff. On condition that, Urbanspace is planning a late spring opening (pending provide chain points).