Here are some recent restaurant/bar openings and closings.
Hot Woks Cool Sushi
Hot Woks Cool Sushi – The Pulaski location of this popular sushi spot has been jumping since it opened last year, so here comes a Loop incarnation. Hey, when something works, you might as well double up. Too much of a good thing? We’ll see.
Bucktown Soup Café – As much as we like soup (dig the bread bowls at Soupbox) and as good as some of these sound (chipotle chicken tortilla, pot roast & vegetables, spicy jumping bean & vegetables) we just cannot get on board with soup being an entire meal. It just seems so … not right.
Murasaki – Karaoke, anyone?
Fogo 2 Go – A Brazilian pizza place? We like it. We like it a lot.
OPENING (in the next week or so):
Cedar Hotel – Like Melvin B’s, only bigger (and hopefully a little cleaner).
The Rocking Horse – Beers as far as the eye can see (a dozen on tap and 50 more microbrew bottles) in Logan Square.
La Farine – West Town pastry shop will answer the age-old question: Do hipsters eat breakfast?
Five Guys Burgers & Fries – Location No. 4 opens in Rogers Park on July 6; location No. 5 opens on Clark & Fullerton two weeks later. But still a ways to go before they eclipse the Harold’s Chicken Shack count (how many are there now? 50? 60? Impressive.).
CLOSED (for now):
Rustik – This cozy Logan Square spot was supposed to be closed for Memorial Day weekend … then mid-June … now mid-July. This is never a good sign.
Mercat a la Planxa
Mercat a la Planxa – Another one closed until “mid-July.” We sure hope so.
CLOSED (for good):
Par Lounge – We’ll avoid the temptation to make a bad golf joke (about one too many bogeys or something) and just tell you that this Wicker Park bar apparently has failed to make the cut.