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Brendan Sodikoff's Small Cheval in Bucktown is the second outpost of Au Cheval

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NEW RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO


Chef Shin Thompson has opened an expanded version of his ramen shop, Furious Spoon. The second outpost features a limited menu of beer and cocktails, plus late-night eats like duck ramen and veal and mushroom gyoza. Additional locations in Pilsen and The Loop are also in the works. Furious Spoon, 2410 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 , 773-770-3559.
 
Clodagh and Amy Lawless, siblings of restaurateur Billy Lawless Jr. (The Gage, The Dawson), have opened The Dearborn at the expanding Block 37. The 8,000-square-foot American tavern takes up the corner of Randolph and Dearborn Streets with 225 seats. The Dearborn, 145 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601, 312-384-1242.
 
Boka Restaurant Group has opened GT Prime, a meat-centric sister restaurant to GT Fish & Oyster. GT Prime, 707 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-600-6305.
 
El Che Bar has opened in the West Loop. Chef John Manion highlights wood-fired cuisine. Look for grilled vegetable, seafood and meat dishes. The same elements of fire and smoke used on the savory side are also seen in the desserts and cocktails. El Che Bar, 845 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-265-1130.
 
With a 10-barrel brewing system and an emphasis on malts, honey and botanicals from Chicago and surrounding areas, Cruz Blanca produces craft beers for all of Rick Bayless’ restaurants. A walk-up taqueria lets guests choose from options like flank tasajo, chorizo or portobello. Cruz Blanca, 900 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-733-1975.
 
Chef Grant Achatz (Alinea, Next Restaurant) and Nick Kokonas have opened a new restaurant called Roister in the former iNG space adjacent to Next in Chicago. Andrew Brochu and his team present "rustic though refined" food in a space with no distinction between the kitchen and the dining room. Roister, 951 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, no phone.
 

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CHICAGO RESTAURANT UPDATES

Saved by the Max has extended through 2016 Extended Dates for Saved by the Max
Saved by the Max, a pop-up restaurant inspired by the teen sitcom "Saved by the Bell," has extended its run through 2016. Ticketed reservations for dinner are selling out fast. Late night dining and weekend "bag lunch" service are available for walk-ins exclusively. For more information, visit the official website
 



UPDATES ON CHICAGO CHEFS


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CHICAGO RESTAURANT CLOSINGS


CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Cantina 1910 (5025 N. Clark St., Chicago) has closed. The restaurant offered contemporary Mexican cuisine and craft cocktails in Andersonville.
 
Embeya, the modern Asian fusion restaurant in the West Loop, has shuttered. Embeya, 564 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661, no phone.
 

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