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New Middle Eastern Eatery Opens Wednesday in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, November 17, 2013

We reported last December that a new Middle Eastern restaurant was in the works for Division Avenue in the former home of Habitat and at long last Shawarma Garden is ready to open. 

Owner Mary Anne Mubayed is bringing her family's "secret" Middle Eastern recipes to Wicker Park and, based on the menu, it looks like a lot of traditional dishes will be available. You'll find favorites including: hummus, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, falafel, tabouleh salad, a variety of 'kabob' entrees, shawarma, and gyros. Approximately 25 menu items are available that offer affordable prices & generous portions. Prices start at $3.00 for falafel and work their way up. The highest priced item is the lamb kabob entree at $13.99. Sandwiches are in the $5.00 range.

Take out and delivery are also available. Shawarma Garden will be open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Look for Shawarma Garden to open at 1951 W. Division Street this Wednesday November 20th .

Dave Grohl at Wicker Park's Piece Once Again

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

photo courtesy of Krist Novoselic


Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters must love Piece Pizza. He first arrived there with members of Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick and Steve Albini back in June.




And he was back today showing off the "selfie" while in Wicker Park's popular pizza spot and brewery. He's welcome any time. 

The Haute and The Dog Shutters in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Less than a year after opening at 1252 N. Damen Avenue, 312 Dining Diva is reporting today that The Haute and The Dog shuttered on Sunday November 10th....sort of. Although the storefront has closed up shop, they will continue the catering side of their business. But the owners would like more freedom to take on other projects. Following Bagel on Damen, it will be interesting to see what moves into this location at Potomac and Damen in the heart of Wicker Park's historic district.

The Haute and The Dog Shutters; Here's Why - (312) Dining Diva

Chef Rick Bayless Shares Vision For New Wicker Park Restaurant

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 11, 2013

Updated November 10, 2013:  Work is well underway for the new Rick Bayless restaurant heading to Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Salud at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

And Chef Bayless announced during the Chicago Humanities Fest this weekend a little more about his vision for the new space. According to Chicago Tribune writer Kevin Pang:


For those who may not know Xoco is a Mexican Cafe that features street food and snacks including: churros, empanadas, tortas, caldos and more. Look for Chef Bayless's new cafe to open in Wicker Park this Spring 2014. 



Updated September 24, 2013: Following our publishing of the information outlined below, Alderman Moreno confirmed with us directly that the rumor is true and Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless will, in fact, be opening a restaurant in the former Salud space 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. He has signed a 10 year lease for the space.


Published September 23, 2013 - Eater Chicago is reporting that Chef Rick Bayless may just have his sights set on the space formerly that of Salud in Wicker Park at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue. According to the report published earlier today, Bayless is opening a new restaurant but the location has yet to be disclosed. A number of sources have confirmed the spot will be in Wicker Park and a new tenant just signed a 10 year lease 2 months ago.

Bayless is a Bucktown resident and the host of Mexico - One Plate at a Time. He has also recently been focused on opening Fronteras Frescos and Tortas Fronteras in different locations throughout the country.

New Rick Bayless Restaurant Coming- Is it in Wicker Park? [Eater Chicago]

Underdog To Reopen in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Underdog Returns to Flash Taco Basementphoto courtesy of DNAInfo Chicago

According to a report published yesterday by DNAInfo Chicago, UnderDog is re-opening this year in the basement of the Flash Taco space 1570 N. Damen Avenue in Wicker Park.


Underdogg to Heat to Underdog Once Again

For those who may not know, UnderDogg (with 2 g's) was a late night hot dog spot that closed its doors to greasy fries and veggie dogs in 2009. The owners re-concepted and the space became Heat; a gourmet hot dog shop with an emphasis on game and other unique fare like duck and elk hot dogs and boar sausage. 

But now it seems the space is heading back to its former UnderDogg roots. The new concept is not only losing the extra "g", however. It's losing the gourmet spin and game hot dogs.This casual eatery is featuring a new menu including Mexican-style hot dogs, Vienna beef hot dogs and will eventually add an ice cream parlor and coffee. They will also be adding veggie dogs back onto the menu. 

Prices for the dogs will be $3 and that includes fries. Gyros and burgers will stay on the menu.

Sounds like the newer version of the original concept may just be a better fit for the late night crowd at North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. UnderDog is in the middle of renovations but is looking to reopen in November of this year and will, once again, be open until 5am. 


Underdog - 1570 1/2 N. Damen Avenue - Wicker Park


UnderDog Returns to Neighborhood's Main Hub Below Flash Taco [DNAInfo Chicago]



Wicker Park's Intelligentsia Says Late Fall For Opening

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wicker Wire: For those who may not know, Intelligentsia and PNC will be sharing the commercial space at 1611 W. Division Street; in the new high rise located on the corner of Ashland/Division.  Initially Intelligentsia thought they would have their Wicker Park location open by the end of October. But the opening date has been changed and the new date is a little more ambiguous. The team at Intelligentsia is currently in the design stage and they're hoping to open late Fall. 


We will keep you posted.

Gelato - Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches - Oh My

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Photo: And this.photo courtesy of Glazed & Infused via facebook


They're baaaack. Black Dog Gelato and Glazed & Infused are teaming up once again to bring you those amazing  gelato - doughnut "ice cream" sandwiches.

On October 24th they'll be featuring a brand new round that features their Fall flavors; one of which will be the Maple Bacon Doughnut with Banana Bread gelato. So if you missed it the first time or are just (finally) coming down off your sugar high, mark your calendar for October 24th and stay tuned for additional details about the new flavors and pre-orders.


Black Dog Gelato locations: 859 N. Damen Avenue and 1955 W. Belmont.



Is Rick Bayless Opening A New Wicker Park Restaurant

Michael Hamrick - Monday, September 23, 2013

Wicker Wire: New Restaurant Alert

baysal2.jpgimage courtesy of Eater Chicago

Updated: Following our publishing of the information outlined below, Alderman Moreno confirmed with us directly that the rumor is true and Rick Bayless will, in fact, be opening a restaurant in the former Salud space 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. He has signed a 10 year lease for the space.


Published September 23, 2013 - Eater Chicago is reporting that Chef Rick Bayless may just have his sights set on the space formerly that of Salud in Wicker Park at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue. According to the report published earlier today, Bayless is opening a new restaurant but the location has yet to be disclosed. A number of sources have confirmed the spot will be in Wicker Park and a new tenant just signed a 10 year lease 2 months ago.

Bayless is a Bucktown resident and the host of Mexico - One Plate at a Time. He has also recently been focused on opening Fronteras Frescos and Tortas Fronteras in different locations throughout the country.


New Rick Bayless Restaurant Coming- Is it in Wicker Park? [Eater Chicago]

Intelligentsia Says October for Wicker Park Opening

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Now that the rental units are finished at 1611 W. Ashland Avenue, work has begun on the commercial space.

Intelligentsia has had their eye on the commercial space here for a long time and they're planning to open their next Chicago coffee bar in the newly completed rental building at Division and Ashland in October ...  late October 2013. It's good to see coffee shops branching out beyond North & Damen to include the Division Blue Line L stop.

Also opening in the commercial space there is a PNC Bank/Branch. According to the PNC team in Bucktown, the branch opening at 1611 W. Division may be more of a self-service branch versus a full-service branch staffed with tellers. Plans are still being finalized.

Win This $25 Via Carducci Gift Card

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Win this Gift Card to Wicker Park's Via Carducci.

Wicker Park's Via Carducci located at 1928 W. Division Street is a delicious Italian eatery serving up traditional favorites. Want to win a free $25 Gift Card?

It's easy.

 

Enter via Twitter

>> Twitter << RT our announcement to enter.

 

OR

 

Enter Via Facebook

Head to our Facebook Page today...Look for our published contest post and tell us what your favorite Italian food is. 

The Fine Print

You have until 10pm today (August 14, 2013) to enter by Facebook, Twitter or Both! 

You'll have 1 hour to claim your gift card after we announce the winner. 

No purchase necessary.

We'll picking a winner via a random drawing of all entrants.

This gift card can only be used at the Wicker Park location for Via Carducci.

Good luck!


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