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

The Nando’s invasion continues full steam.

Nando’s Peri-Peri in Lake View   Photo: Courtesy of Nando's Peri-Peri

Openings

Via Lima (4024 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-348-4900) brings Chicago the flavors of owner Eni Cadena’s Peruvian heritage (tiraditos, causitas, and lomo saltado) via North Center.

Pizza party in the South Loop! Aurelio’s Pizza (1212 S. Michigan Ave., 312-374-4459) has opened a monster flagship location in the nabe—think a two-story patio and a crazy beer selection.

The full-scale invasion of Nando’s Peri-Peri (670 W. Diversey Pkwy., Lake View, 773-634-7153) into the Chicago market is well underway—this is the second outpost of the grilled spicy chicken spot to open in just a few months.

Another meaty opening: Son of a Butcher Tavern (2934 W. Diversey Ave., Logan Square, 773-270-4520) is now proffering its beef tongue gyros, menudo-broth ramen, and “piggie by the pound” for brunch, dinner, and late-night consumption.

Morsels

Plenty of news in the world of restaurant re-openings, too—adorable neighborhood café the Winchester (1001 N. Winchester Ave., Ukrainian Village, 773-698-8703) is back in action after an electrical fire shuttered the space last month, and both addresses of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (3404 N. Southport Ave., Lake View, 773-348-7139; 1505 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 872-802-4668) are back after a second listeria scare forced them to temporarily close up shop.

The great refresh of Tony Mantuano’s restaurants continues—with Spiaggia’s updates done and Café Spiaggia’s well underway, next up is Bar Toma (110 E. Pearson St., Gold Coast, 312-266-3110), which will temporarily close July 6 and reopen in August with an updated look and menu. “You will think you are in a different place,” Mantuano says.

Some movement over at Juno (2638 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park, 872-206-8662), as partner Jason Chan has decided to exit the restaurant and leave it in the hands of chef B.K. Park. This comes a little less than a year after the restaurant reopened following a fire.

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