Five Big Restaurant Openings In Chicago This Week

Your weekend plan: From ramen in River North to the reincarnation of Bonny’s to a late-night banh mi in Wicker Park.

Banh mi at Banh Mi & Co   Photo courtesy Banh Mi & Co

Openings

Open now: The latest entrant in the Lettuce Entertain You empire, Ramen-San (59 W. Hubbard St., River North, 312-377-9950), opened yesterday, and good news: They’re extending their half-price ramen deal through Thursday.

Open now: The fifth location of Banh Mi & Co. (1740 W. Division St., Wicker Park, 773-486-8889) will stay open until at least midnight on Fridays and Saturdays to satisfy banh mi and pho cravings while bar-hopping on Division.

Wednesday, May 14: The youngest debutante in the Logan Square bar boom, Slippery Slope (2357 N. Milwaukee, 773-799-8504), will start mixing bottled cocktails from Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw and some of the best DJs from the gone-but-not-forgotten Bonny’s at 8 p.m. tonight.

Thursday, May 15: Elle on the River (The Langham, 330 N. Wabash Ave., River North, 312-923-7705), the outdoor companion to Travelle, will have chickpea-flatbread tacos, punchbowls, and housemade sodas on their patio between the State and Wabash bridges.

Tuesday, May 20: Parachute (3500 N. Elston Ave., Avondale, 773-654-1460) marks the official return of Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark (Bonsoirée) to the restaurant scene, with Korean-American takes on rustic dishes.

Morsels

City Tavern (1416 S. Michigan Ave., South Loop), the restaurant and bar from the team behind Chicago Firehouse, abruptly shut its doors yesterday according to a (very) short statement.

There’s a new Tuesday night deal at Two (1132 W. Grand Ave., West Town, 312-624-8363)—an order of their duck egg fettucine with duck confit, scallions, and Parmesan, plus one of their signature cocktails for $12.

And speaking of Tuesday savings, Inovasi (28 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, 847-295-1000) also added a weeknight special this week, with seven burgers available, including the Johnny Cash (blackened patty, smoked onions, pumpernickel bread, and blue cheese for $12, and a recommended additional shot of whiskey for $6.)

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