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

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Burger at Publican Anker   Photo: Derek Richmond

Openings

One Off Hospitality Group, which already operates Big Star, Dove’s Luncheonette, and the Violet Hour in Wicker Park solidifies its North/Damen/Milwaukee domination with today’s opening of Publican Anker (1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.). The new spot employs a wood-burning grill and coal-fire oven and focuses on booze-friendly food (seafood, veggies, and yes, a burger) to complement affordable wines and beers.

Also debuting today is Won Fun Chinese and 2Fun Chinese (905 W. Randolph St., West Loop), a dual-level, dual-concept Sichuan bar and restaurant brought to you by the owner of Bar Marta.

A new bar has finally picked up the torch in old Bonny’s space: the Native (2417 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square) touts itself as a come-as-you-are kinda place where you can order beer by the pitcher, play shuffleboard, and eat free popcorn.

Mango Pickle (5842 N. Broadway) joins Edgewater’s culinary melting pot, offering a mix of Western Indian dishes, stateside Indian-ish favorites, and newfangled creations such as a seasonal saag paneer with foraged mushrooms, kale, and mango.

Morsels

Grant Achatz’s everchanging Next (953 W. Fulton Market, West Loop) has announced its 2017 menu themes. First up, from January through April, the crew will tackle Ancient Rome through the lens of late-4th-century cookbook Apicius. Then, from May through August, it’s a Hollywood-inspired focus. Finally, starting in September, they’ll have a remarkably ambitious project based on the annual “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, with many chefs who appear on the list contributing in some fashion to the meal (more details on that one to come later). Tickets go on sale December 7.

New Year’s Eve always spells some serious restaurant shutters. One for this year: the Cape Cod Room at the Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton St., Gold Coast). The restaurant known for its seafood had been open since 1933, and its closure comes as a part of major renovations at the classic hotel.

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