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

It’s the end of an era for a few Chicago dining institutions.

Arun’s   Photo: Anna Knott

Openings

Bunny, the Micro Bakery (2928 N. Broadway, Lake View) by Iliana Regan (Elizabeth Restaurant chef and Queen of Midwestern Cuisine) is open at long last. Offerings run the gamut from composed toasts and tartines to giant yuzu gummies.

In other pastry news, the many who still mourn Bad Wolf Coffee’s departure should be delighted that Loba Pastry + Coffee (3422 N. Lincoln Ave.) now occupies the space. Former Bad Wolf and Blackbird pastry chef Val Taylor is a co-owner, offering five pastry options, along with caffeinated beverages and—unlike at Bad Wolf—Wi-Fi.

Whiskey Business (1367 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park)—an ’80s- and ’90s-themed purveyor of fries, stuffed burgers, and booze and sister concept to next-door’s Cheesie’s Pub & Grub—is open.

Morsels

After the death of guiding spirit Homaro Cantu last year, the future of Moto (945 W. Fulton St., West Loop, 312-491-0058) became clear this week: The restaurant has been sold to the Alinea Group and will shutter on Valentine’s Day. Nick Kokonas and Grant Achatz already purchased the space once home to Cantu’s other restaurant, iNG, which is to become Roister later this year. No word yet on what’s coming to the Moto space.

Aaron Martinez, who did a (very brief) stint in the kitchen at Elizabeth and spent a few months helming Intro, has found his new home. He’ll be heading up the kitchen at Lettuce Entertain You’s forthcoming restaurant Il Porcellino (59 W. Hubbard St., River North), the Italian project taking over the former Paris Club space.

Are you in the market for an iconic Thai restaurant? If so, Arun’s (4156 N. Kedzie Ave., Albany Park, 773-539-1909) is for sale. After 30 years, owner Arun Sampanthavivat says it’s time for him to focus on a few other projects, including his recently opened Taste of Thai Town and a 600-page book he’s just finished a draft of.

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