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CHICAGO RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The countdown is on. Sable Kitchen & Bar is slated to open March 24 with Heather Terhune (ex-Atwood Café) in the kitchen. Food will range from crisp, fiddlehead-topped flatbreads spun from 00 flour to homemade, boiled soft pretzels with smoked Wisconsin cheese fondue and whole grain mustard butter. Sable Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Palomar Chicago, 505 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
 
An option for Indian and Nepalese food---Cumin---will arrive in Wicker Park mid-March. Expect tandoor-cooked dishes. The main difference between the two cuisines is one (Nepalese) does not use dairy, while Indian sauces sometimes do. Cumin, 1414 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, No phone yet.
 
Not sure we get the crazy waits over a Detroit-style dog, but they're endless at Leo's Coney Island in Wrigleyville. The Michigan chain tops its dog with "Coney" sauce, chopped onions and mustard. Purists can get a Chicago-style hot dog here, too, but with so many authentic options in town, why would you bother? Leo’s Coney Island, 3455 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, 773-281-5367.
 
Sushi Taiyo (sib to Rise and Shine restaurants) has opened its lounge-y upstairs counterpart, Izakaya Hapa, serving bar-friendly dishes---including a Japanese take on a burger---to a scene-savvy crowd. Izakaya Hapa, 58 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-440-1717.
 
Just-opened Gilt Bar, a restaurant from Brendan Sodikoff (The French Laundry, Per Se, Alain Senderens and the Ritz Paris), is buzzed about. It's a casual place with mismatched seating and reclaimed wood tables and an understated but cool menu that includes heritage pork porterhouse with caramelized apples and pasta with shaved Parmesan, pecorino and cracked white pepper. Gilt Bar, 230 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-464-9544.
 
Chaise Lounge has morphed into the very promising The Southern. Designed by Kevin Heisner (The Publican, among others), the space is more cozy with the food following suit. Chef Cary Taylor is emphasizing local ingredients with dishes like johnny cakes with Gunthorp Farms pork and chow chow and hush puppies with smoked trout. Looks like a keeper. The Southern, 1840 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-342-1840.
 
Attention night owls (at least those living downtown): Eggsperience expanded its concept with the opening of an all-night diner downtown. As you can imagine, eggs---done in many ways---are the backbone of the menu. Eggsperience, 35 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-870-6773.
 
Antico Forno from the owner of shuttered Trattoria Gemelli (where Xni Pec now resides) opened in Elwood Park. It'll have the same chef (Eugenio Paladino) and will serve many of the same faves---only this address has a brick oven for Neapolitan pizzas. Antico Forno, 7308 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707, 708-456-2445.
 
Well, it's official: Prairie Fire---the follow-up to Prairie Grass Café from Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris---is a hit. Located in an old train powerhouse, it serves some of its predecessors' must-haves (the burger), but also veers off on its own with spicy goat sausage and duck ballotine with Cognac-marinated prunes. Prairie Fire, 215 N. Clinton St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-382-8300.
 
Prairie Grass Café officially took its act to the city with the opening of Prairie Fire. Expect tweaked American dishes made from local and organic ingredients---as well as faves like moussaka from its sib---to be served in the former digs of Powerhouse. Prairie Fire, 215 N. Clinton St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-382-8300.
 


News Bytes
Food Science
Moto's kitchen staff will appear in "Future Food," a series on Planet Green premiering this spring.
Moto, 945 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-491-0058.
 
Branching Out
Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, Xoco, Frontera Fresco) will expand his empire beyond the Windy City with the opening of Red O on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Red O, 8155 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 310-310-3003.
 
Chicago Chefs on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters"
Bravo has announced the contestants that will compete on the second season of "Top Chef Masters." Representing Chicago will be chefs Graham Elliot Bowles (graham elliot), Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) and Rick Tramonto (TRU, Tramonto's Steak & Seafood). Tune in to the premiere on April 7 at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Central). graham elliot, 217 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-624-9975.
 

Chef Shuffle

Chef Bob Zrenner, who used to be at Branch 27, is now at Jerry Kleiner's 33 Club. 33 Club, 1419 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-664-1419.
 


Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Costa's in Greektown suffered a major fire and is out of the running. No word on what, if anything, will happen next. There's always the outpost in suburban Oak Brook Terrace if you get cravings, though. Costa’s, 340 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-263-9700.
 

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