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Nine Delicious Bites of Chicago Dining News

Centro is back, beer is becoming bizarre, Italian pastries are plentiful, and Chicago is getting its own Shake Shack.

Photo: Scafuri Bakery

Scafuri may not be the only new Italian spot opening in Chicago this week, but its pastries may be worth making it your first stop.

Openings

Wednesday, 5/8: Former Goose Island brewer John Laffler and former Two Brothers cellaring head Dave Bleitner launched their new beer venture, Off Color Brewing (3925 W. Dickens St., no phone). There won’t be a taproom for tasting their bizarre brews—If it’s German and you’ve never heard of it, Off Color is probably making it—but public tours will be offered soon.

Friday, 5/10: J. Rocco’s Italian Table & Bar (749 N. Clark St., 312-475-0271), the new old-school Italian restaurant from the Chicago dining veteran Steve Chiappetti, is open in River North. The heritage-conscious restaurant will serve lamb from Chiappetti Meats, a family business, and takes its name from the partner Joe Frasca’s father.

Wednesday, 5/15: Both sweet and savory Italian treats are available at the reincarnated Scafuri Bakery (1337 W. Taylor St., 312-773-8881), now open in University Village. In addition to cookies, cannoli, doughnuts, breads, and pizza, Scafuri will have an espresso bar.

Monday, 5/20: After ending a 10-year run in 2001, Centro (6 W. Hubbard St., 312-988-7775) is back in River North. Chef Joe Farina is in charge of the newest (old) venture from Rosebud Restaurants.

Morsels

The New York–based burger chain Shake Shack (66 E. Ohio St., no phone yet) announced Chicago as the next location for its nationwide expansion. The first Shake Shack in the Midwest is scheduled to open in two shakes in 2014.

One of the best views in the city is open again. The Terrace at Trump (401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8600), touted as a perch to watch Navy Pier fireworks, returns Wednesday with a summer menu including Alaskan king crab legs, summer melon salad, wagyu beef sliders, and more.

The artisanal ice cream company Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (3404 N. Southport Ave., no phone yet) is opening a Chicago storefront in August. The Columbus–based chain has 12 locations in Ohio and Tennessee and sells at gourmet markets across the country. Its flavor rotation includes the classics as well as unusual creations such as Riesling poached pear sorbet, brambleberry crisp, and chamomile.

Paolo Acuña seeks a third life for his Cuna. Since opening in December 2009, it has been both an eclectic spot for small plates and a sports bar. Now, Acuña has announced the place will reopen as Belmont Pour House (1113 W. Belmont Ave., 773-857-1903) with a menu by Omar Rodriguez, who specialized in gut-busting global dishes at his departed (K)new.

The Lincolnwood steakhouse Myron and Phil’s (3900 W. Devon Ave., 847-677-6663) caught fire May 8, almost exactly the same time its 95-year-old founder Myron Freedman passed away in his sleep. Damage from the fire was mostly contained to a storeroom, but owner Mark Freedman says it will be a few months before his father’s namesake reopens.

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