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What You Need to Know About the Chicago Dining Scene this Week

Farewell, Bunny. We hardly knew ye.

Toasts at Bunny   Photo: Carrie Schedler

Openings

Smack Shack (326 N. Morgan St., West Loop, 312-973-1336), the Minneapolis lobster roll food truck-turned-fast casual restaurant has made its Chicago debut at Google’s 1KFulton headquarters, with help from Four Corners Tavern Group (SteakBar). Along with two types of lobster rolls (Connecticut and original), expect spicy Andouille sausage po’boys and—attention: seafood boil lovers—a 100-gallon lobster boil at this 300-seater.

Following months of delays, Middle East Bakery & Grocery (1512 W. Foster Ave., Andersonville, 773-561-2224) opened its expanded café in the adjacent former Icosium Kafe space (5200 N. Clark St.). Lunch and dinner service include soups, salads, sandwiches like falafel or grilled lamb kabob, and entrées including lamb cauliflower yogurt tagine and shawarma plates with beef or chicken. Breakfast offerings to follow.

Morsels

Because nothing gold can stay, news broke yesterday that Iliana Regan’s delightful bakery Bunny (2928 N. Broadway, Lake View) is closed for good. The shop had announced a temporary shutter last week, but Regan wrote in a Facebook post that a series of financial setbacks were too much for the spot to overcome. If you miss those whiskey doughnuts and foie gras toasts already (don’t we all?), she promises there’s a new iteration to come, though there’s no firm timeline.

The brewery formerly known as Atlas has taken on a new identity: Burnt City Brewing (2747 N. Lincoln Ave., Lake View, 773-295-1270). It’s the same team behind it, but starting in May, they’ll turn over all their beers to a new set of flagship and seasonal offerings.

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