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Pasha, which opened on Randolph row last Thursday, is a tapas lounge from the Latin band the Bandeleros, its incongruous name an homage to the River North club where the group used to play. Open Saturday till 3, other nights till 2.
Fox & Obel has opened the Atrium Wine Bar, serving small and large plates with suggested pairings nightly beginning at 5 PM.
Ajasteak, in the Dana Hotel, is now Aja, an "urban greenmarket" specializing in sharable plates of sustainable seafood.
Big Star, Paul Kahan and company's latest project, opens November 9 in the old Pontiac Cafe space, featuring tacos, bourbon, and premium tequilas. The chef is Justin Large, former sous chef at Avec, but all parties insist that the joint is strictly a honky-tonk.
And on November 4, Hearty, the latest project from the Hearty Boys of Food Network fame, opens, offering a menu of twists on comfort food like a deviled egg trio (curry, pesto, beet), a rabbit corn dog with spicy apple slaw and Honker’s Ale syrup, and a $21 tuna casserole with ahi tuna, saffron cream sauce, sauteed wild mushrooms, sweet pea puree, and crusted, dried sweet peas.