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

Tuco & Blondie makes its Southport debut.

Classic margarita at Tuco & Blondie   Photo: Galdones Photography

Openings

Four Star Restaurant Group’s latest venture, the family-friendly “Mexi-fun” joint Tuco & Blondie (3358 N. Southport Ave., Lake View), opened Monday in the space that once housed Justin’s Bar. The Southport spot slings a variety of crowd-pleasing dishes—think nachos and chili con queso—and a soft serve machine in the front dispenses complimentary cones to customers.

The first Chicago iteration of Bareburger (3357 N. Lincoln Ave.) opened Monday in Roscoe Village. The New York-based chain touts a menagerie of free-range protein options (everything form bison to boar) for their highly customizable burgers. There’s no exterior signage yet, but expect burgers flipping at full clip by next week.

Morsels

It’s the end of the Budlong’s run at 2928 North Broadway in Lake View, just four months after its opening. The fried chicken spot quickly took over after Iliana Regan’s beloved but equally short-lived Bunny, the Microbakery shuttered this past spring. Two hyped-up restaurants in and out of the same space in less than a year: What’s the deal? Both were partnered with embattled Bow Truss owner and restaurant financier Phil Tadros, whose rocky business dealings were detailed in a Crain’s Chicago Business piece and who was also charged with domestic battery late last month.

Rooftop partiers, pour one out for Citizen Bar (364 W. Erie St., River North), which, after ten years, will shutter on Sunday. The owners put together a remembrance blog post to mark the occasion if you’re into that sort of thing (read it here).

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