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* Randolph Street’s Avec, shuttered since an August fire that took the life of a firefighter, reopens tomorrow, October 29, at 3:30 PM.
* Ole Hardwood, a "Texas-style cuisine gastropub," opened last Friday in the South Loop quarters that housed Exposure Tapas, where it’s dishing up barbecue, including competition-style ribs and brisket tacos, along with grilled meats and plank-cooked fish. There are extensive cocktail and wine lists.
* Taylor Street's Three Aces (1321 W. Taylor, 312-243-1577) is awaiting the arrival of its liquor license before opening officially, but in the meantime is offering "neighborhood tasting menus" from chef Matt Troost, formerly of Fianco.
* This week Le Fleur de Lis, a Creole restaurant, opened in Bronzeville in the former Negro League Cafe space, serving favorites from the family of owner Allen J. Rochelle Jr., a native of New Iberia, Louisiana. On Sundays there’s brunch with live jazz.
* And as Mike Sula reported in an earlier blog post today, a food court has opened in the basement of Chinatown's Richland Center, which is also the site of Tony Hu's opulent just-opened restaurant and lounge Lao You Ju. So far there are just three stalls, one of them Kylin Teppanyaki, which serves okonomiyaki, octopus-onion pancakes doused with mayo and barbecue sauce, and takoyaki, octopus balls. But more—including a Korean noodle stall—are in the planning stages.