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

Big news for Parachute.

Chef/owner Beverly Kim of Parachute and the restaurant’s fried sesame leaves   Photo: Anna Knott

Opening

There is a lot happening inside Bernie’s Lunch & Supper (660 N. Orleans St., River North, 312-624-9892), the massive new restaurant from Detroit-based Peas & Carrots Hospitality. It’s got a menu with lots of Mediterranean touches (falafel, za’atar seasoning) and some old-school diner-y influences as well.

Morsels

Congratulations to the crew at Parachute (3500 N. Elston Ave., Avondale, 773-654-1460), which earlier this week ranked fifth on Bon Appétit’s Hot Ten list of the country’s top new restaurants. It was one of two Chicago finalists for the honor, as Dove’s Luncheonette also got a mention in an earlier shortlist.

It’s the final days for two longtime Chicago restaurants: Saturday will be the last day for Quince (1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8400), the fine-dining powerhouse inside the Homestead hotel. And come the end of the month, the sustainably focused Browntrout (4111 N. Lincoln Ave., North Center, 773-472-4111) will shut its doors after six years in business. The final day for service will be August 30.

Baker Miller groupies will soon have a new spot to get their fix, as Dave and Megan Miller recently announced they’ll be working on a general store with some eats to be called Baker Miller General (4642 N. Francisco, Ravenswood). Expect bulk grains, hot food, and farm-fresh produce. The location’s right near an outpost of First Slice Pie Café, however, so according to a DNAInfo article, they promise pie won’t be part of the equation here.

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