Logan Square: February 2009 Archives

Open and shut-tered

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Here are some recent restaurant/bar openings and closings.

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Open:

Tapas Valencia – This small-plates tapas spot used to be in Bloomingdale, but moved to the South Loop earlier this month. Now, we’re not trying to pass judgment on Bloomingdale or nothin’, but where would you rather be?

Café Bella – They’re only serving lunch at this Logan Square BYOB for now, but a dinner menu is in the works. Owner Hector Pena named the place after his daughter. Good thing he didn’t name her Salmonella. (crickets chirping) Hello? Is this thing on?

Avila – The former Club 720 in River North opens Friday and boasts three floors of Latino-inspired dancing. You don’t want us to dig our salsa shoes out of the closet, because once we do, it’s on!

Closed … for now:

Osteria di Tramonto – But the swanky Wheeling spot’s closing is only temporarily, while they remodel. In the meantime, sister spot Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood is open all day.

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Closed … for good:

Bar Chicago – It’s hard to believe this Division Street staple was open for nearly a decade. We remember coming here a lot in our younger days. We don’t remember much beyond that, but we’re pretty sure we made it in the door.

Check back here every Tuesday with more openings and closings (and snarky comments, of course). And be sure to check out Centerstage Chicago's list of new restaurants and bars.

Daily Deal$: Thursday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Chen's Mandarin Szechwan Cuisine
Half-price martinis

Gallery Cabaret
$1.50 drafts and $4 pitchers of Leinenkugel Red; $3 drafts and $10 pitchers of Stella Artois

Grand Central
$2 well drinks, $5 Crown & colas, half-price bottles of wine; half-price appetizers

Kasey's Tavern
$2.50 Miller products, $4 Long Islands

Lincoln Tap Room

$4 pints of Fat Tire, $2 cans of Hamm's and Strohs, $5 Absolut cocktails

Food with Integrity

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We recently had a chance to sit down with some of the marketing folks and a chef/guacamole mixologist at Chipotle so they could give us and other media-blogger-types their schpiel on their “Food with Integrity” program. They told us about their farm-raised this, organic that, yada yada and get a free burrito – and, being the connoisseurs that we are, we will sit through just about anything for a free burrito. We had heard some of it before – the organic vegetables, the farm-raised meat – but there were a few interesting points.

The chain has started a new program with all of its Loop locations (and they’re hoping to expand as much as possible) to send all leftovers at the end of the night to Pacific Garden Mission, a south side homeless shelter. How cool is that? And, really, how hard would it be for other restaurants to do this? Here’s hoping a trend is started to help give back to those who need it most.

Chipotle is seeking LEED certification for many of its new restaurants, which would make it among the first in the country to do so.

They’ve put a huge stress on local farming for all their area restaurants. The goal is to be 100 percent local in the future. Go Illinois!

Did you know Chipotle accounts for 4 percent of the total guacamole production in the entire county? Up to 60 avocadoes go into each batch of their savory guac.

Most importantly to anyone dining, they make a mean burrito. If you thought they were good before, you should try ‘em when they’re free. Check out their Chicago locations, including the newest one in Logan Square.

Think Valentine's Day is a silly, manufactured holiday? It's probably the least ridiculous day of a month which also includes Plum Pudding Day (February 12), International World Thinking Day (February 22) and Public Sleeping Day (February 28). That's a lot of presents.

We were getting pretty tired of every day in the calendar having to commemorate something, but that was before we heard of the deals going on today for National Pizza Pie Day. Promotions like free slices at Frasca (4:30-7 p.m.) and a buy-one-get-one-free pie special at Dunlays on the Square sure got us in a celebratory mood.

If you can't make it to one of these spots, at least stop into your local parlor to celebrate with a slice or two. Just don't be surprised if your holiday greeting is met with a blank stare.

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Frasca's pepperoni pizza tastes even better when it's free.

Daily Deal$: Friday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge, 1324 N. Milwaukee
$30 small-plate trios from 6-7 p.m.

Crossroads Public House, 2630 N. Clark
$3 SoCo Lime, $5 Jager bombs, $20 all-you-can-drink-and-eat

Kendall's, 2263 N. Lincoln
$2.50 Dos Equis drafts, $4 Milagro shots, $5 Kilo Kai mixers

Sam's Grill, 416 N. Clark
Double hot dog, fries and a fountain drink for $6 (including tax)

Small Bar, 2956 N. Albany
$5 pints of Steigl


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