Lincoln Park:, Popular Chinese chain Tsaocaa has plans to open a second Chicago location this summer, according to a Facebook post. The brand made its local debut three years ago in Chinatown, serving a variety of Asian options including milk tea, cheese tea, and fruit tea drinks alongside sweet desserts and Korean-style fried chicken. Operators promise a warmer aesthetic than the minimalistic original with elements like flying eaves and watercolors.
Pilsen: Aloha Wagon, a rare Hawaiian restaurant in Chicago, plans to “soon” open a permanent location at 2023 S. Western Avenue, according to an Instagram post. The new space is just over a mile south of its previous location, which opened in 2017. Fans flock to the spot for distinctive island favorites like Kalua pork sandwiches and loco moco plates.
Uptown: After three years of waiting, construction is finally underway at the new home for the Double Door, according to Block Club Chicago. An iconic concert venue and bar that was evicted from its Wicker Park space in February 2017, the Double Door is slated to reopen inside the 112-year-old Wilson Avenue Theater at 1050 W. Wilson Avenue. Crews are at work tearing up the theater’s parking lot at Wilson and Kenmore avenues to build an 86-unit apartment complex.
West Loop: Chef Noah Sandoval has announced he plans to reopen his Michelin-starred Oriole in July after an extended pandemic hiatus, according to a rep. Sandoval stoked excitement over the weekend with a low-key tasting event for “Oriole 2.0” that drew long lines of curious diners outside of sibling bar Kumiko. Coincidentally, the Baltimore Orioles, the restaurant’s namesake, were in town playing the Chicago White Sox that day. Workers are remodeling the space at 661 W. Walnut Street. Kumiko co-owner and bartender Julia Momose says she’s been working on a new cocktail list for Oriole 2.0, so stay tuned.
Oak Park: Taco Mucho, a popular taqueria displaced by the closing of Fulton Galley food hall, is slated to open soon at 220 Harrison Street in suburban Oak Park, according to an Instagram post. “We are an Oak Park family-owned taqueria that will feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients, delicious tacos and a seasonal cocktail menu,” owner Ron Aleman writes in the post. “We can’t wait to share our dream with such a wonderful community!” Fulton Galley opened in 2019 in the restaurant-rich Fulton Market neighborhood, but then shuttered after just five months.
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