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

Not one, but two restaurants temporarily shuttered following fires in the past week.

Photo courtesy of Bar Toma

Openings

Stephanie Izard’s Duck Duck Goat (857 W. Fulton Mkt., West Loop) has finally opened, and is serving “reasonably authentic Chinese food” (per the menu) such as goat belly lo mein and Sichuan eggplant with goat sausage.

In a rather unexpected move, Second City has decided to give the restaurant biz a go with 1959 (Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North Ave., Old Town). Named for the year of the comedy institution’s inception, the gastropub emphasizes regional ingredients and local beers.

Robert’s Pizza Company (355 E. Ohio St., Streeterville) fires up its ovens today in the former Flour & Stone space. Alongside create-your-own topping combos, husband/wife team Robert and Dana Garvey offer a roster of 15 thin-crust specialty pies unconventionally garnished with goodies such as roast duck breast and huevos rancheros.

Morsels

Not one, but two popular spots were waylaid by fires this past week: tiki joint Lost Lake (3154 W. Diversey Ave., Logan Square) is temporarily shuttered after a small electrical fire, and the River North outlet of Xoco (449 N. Clark St., River North) will reopen tomorrow after their own small blaze.

Declare your neighborhood allegiance at Bar Toma (110 E. Pearson St., Gold Coast) in April. They’ve got dueling North Sider (goat cheese, goat meat, lemon zest, and scallions) and South Sider (spicy salami, ricotta, onion, and garlic) pizzas for the start of baseball season, and on game days through the month, customers wearing Cubs or Sox gear can get the pies for half price.

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