Dish Flash: Bahena Resurfaces

Geno Bahena, whose list of opened and closed restaurants is so long we’ve lost track, has plans to open Coco’s, a Puerto Rican/criollo spot at Division and California (that’s Humboldt Park) with a seviche bar on the second floor. “This will happen within a month or so, but…

Geno Bahena, whose list of opened and closed restaurants is so long we’ve lost track, has plans to open Coco’s, a Puerto Rican/criollo spot at Division and California (that’s Humboldt Park) with a seviche bar on the second floor. “This will happen within a month or so, but I’m still in the works with a liquor license,” says Bahena. The Guerrero, Mexico, native—whose efforts have included the late Ixcapuzalco and Chilpancingo and his current Real Tenochtitlán (2451 N. Milwaukee Ave.;  773-227-1050)—is also working on a Mexican restaurant at 3140 North Lincoln Avenue (formerly Koko Sushi). We’ll believe it when we see it.

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5 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

So does this mean he is taking over Coco, the existing upscale Puerto Rican spot at 2723 W. Division? (Maybe it has closed, I don't know. But it seems unlikely two restaurants would open with the same name and cuisine within a quarter mile, and not be related.)

5 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

DISH RESPONDS:

So it turns out—as many of you suggested—that Geno Bahena has become the chef/partner of Coco, an already existing Puerto Rican restaurant at 2723 West Division. He’s not unveiling a new spot, as we implied in the above item. Jose Allende, his new partner at Coco, told us he was excited to bring a guy like Bahena into the fold. “He’s really going to bring Coco’s menu to another level,” he said. The seviche bar is projected to open in June 2009.

Thanks to our readers - and Allende - for setting us straight.

Penny and Jeff

5 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

Is he bringing his hat?

5 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

ho hum... this guy is old news. he doesn't open anything any more interesting than your standard mexican fare that you can get from almost any neighborhood.

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