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Kitchen Sink Cafe
  • Kitchen Sink Cafe

Filter, the beloved Wicker Park coffee shop displaced by a Bank of America, is slated to reopen any day now in a new LEED-certified location at 1373 N. Milwaukee (773-904-7819).

On Monday another indie coffeehouse, Kitchen Sink Cafe, opened in Edgewater, offering Metropolis java and other locally sourced goods, including pastries from Bleeding Heart Bakery and Flourish and bagels from New York Bagel & Bialy.

On January 6 The Big Easy officially opened its doors in the space that since 1981 has housed five different restaurants (Orly's, Jalapeno's, a reconceptualized Orly's, Hyde Park Barbeque & Bakery), all owned and run by David Shopiro. This time he's brought in Hell's Kitchen survivor Jennifer Gavin to oversee a New Orleans-style menu featuring dishes like shrimp and grits and fresh beignets.

The Purple Pig, a joint project from Heaven on Seven’s Jimmy Bannos, his son Jimmy Jr., and Scott Harris of the Mia Francesca chain, opened in River North December 30, offering an extensive menu of Mediterranean-influenced plates for sharing under the motto "cheese, wine, and swine." Lunch begins the third week of January.

On New Year’s Eve sushi vet Macku Chan (Kaze, Heat, Mirai) opened a new spot, Macku Sushi, in Lincoln Park. He’s joined in the kitchen by his brothers—and fellow sushi chefs—Kaze and Hari. As at the late Kaze, they'll feature sushi with seasonal ingredients in addition to the standard sushi and nigiri.

And Pho and I, a Thai and Vietnamese restaurant from the people behind Duck Walk (which now has a second location), opened in Lincoln Park the first week of January.


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