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CHICAGO RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Gene & Georgetti, one of Chicago's first steakhouses since 1941, has opened a second location in Rosemont, featuring 260 seats and an expanded private events venue. Naturally, all the classics will be served. Gene & Georgetti, 9421 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018, 847-653-3300.
 
Frontera Grill-trained Anselmo Ramírez opened the 45-seat Ixcateco Grill in Albany Park, serving wood-grilled entrees like carne asada and lomo de puerco as well as vegetarian options, such as squash stuffed with seasonal vegetables and yellow mole, all in a brightly colored dining room. Ixcateco Grill, 3402 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, 773-539-5887.
 
Chef Shin Thompson will open an expanded version of his Logan Square ramen shop, Furious Spoon, this winter. The second outpost will feature a rooftop bar with 80-100 seats and a limited menu of beer, cocktails and yakitori skewers cooked on a charcoal grill. Furious Spoon, 2410 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 , no phone.
 
The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet will open in a 7,000-square-foot building in the West Loop as a modern-day wine bar with craft beer, cocktails and a small plates menu.
 
Earls Kitchen + Bar is scheduled to open this fall and will join the other five U.S. and 58 Canadian locations. The super-eclectic, global menu combines sushi, curry, burgers, fish tacos and more. Earls Kitchen + Bar, 1538 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, no phone.
 
North Center is now home to colorful, lively Via Lima, an authentic Peruvian restaurant with ceviche and other classics, like rotisserie chicken and lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with soy sauce). Via Lima, 4024 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, 773-348-4900.
 
AMK Kitchen Bar in Bucktown focuses on elevated pub food (grilled chicken with habanero sauce and blue cheese, duck-fat-crust pot pie) and craft cocktails, all in an energetic space with late-night dining options. AMK Kitchen Bar, 1954 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-276-4400.
 
The General Restaurant & Mercantile in Logan Square sources foods from the Midwest for a menu mixing Southern comfort and Mexican. That means dishes such as slow-roasted Amish chicken and pork belly tacos with collard greens, Southern-spiced aioli and avocado. The General Restaurant & Mercantile, 2528 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-698-8754.
 
Now open in Lincoln Park, de Quay combines Dutch and Indonesian cuisine, resulting in dishes like fried rice with sambal and grilled pork chop with Gouda mashed potatoes. de Quay, 2470 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, 872-206-8820.
 
The Siena Tavern owners have opened Prime & Provisions, a sleek, 12,000-square-foot steakhouse serving dry-aged steaks and other updated classics in a luxe setting, with marble bars and a patio for cigars. Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60601, 312-726-7777.
 
Bernie’s Lunch & Supper has opened in River North, with a modern supper club-like menu inspired by Mediterrean cuisine and seasonal vegetables and an expansive, 80-seat rooftop to enjoy it on. Dishes include beef tartare, bass crudo, wood-oven pizzas, sandwiches and larger plates like pork shoulder confit and belly for sharing. Bernie's Lunch & Supper, 660 N. Orleans St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-624-9892.
 


News Bytes
State & Lake Chicago Tavern Serves Up Fried Chicken on Weekends
State & Lake Chicago Tavern at theWIT Hotel offers its popular fried chicken every Saturday and Sunday with live country music starting at 1 p.m. on Sundays. “Fried Chicken Frenzy” features buckets of crispy fried chicken, house-made biscuits and select growlers. State & Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601, 312-239-9400.
 
Lunch Service Starts at Bohemian House
Bohemian House is now open for lunch weekdays from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Expect offerings such as smoked beef tongue on rye, an open-faced schnitzel sandwich and chicken paprikash. Bohemian House, 11 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-955-0439.
 

Chef Shuffle

Craig Degel has taken over the kitchen at Ceres’ Table, replacing original chef Giuseppe Scurato, who will stay on board as a consulting chef. Ceres' Table, 3124 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, 773-922-4020.
 
Aaron Mooney has left Webster’s Wine Bar. Webster's Wine Bar, 2601 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-292-9463.
 
White Oak Tavern & Inn said goodbye to opening chef John Asbaty. Sous chef Scott Weisner will now helm the kitchen. White Oak Tavern & Inn, 1200 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-248-0200.
 
Oak + Char sous chef David Wang took over the executive chef position replacing Joseph Heppe. Oak + Char, 217 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-643-2427.
 


Closings

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