In April, Dale Levitski's French bistro Frog N Snail opened at 3124 N. Broadway. In May, quick-serve Brazilian Bowl (3204 N. Broadway) opened its doors, followed by Troy Mediterranean Grill (2902 N. Broadway). Now a slew of new restaurants have plans to join the reinvigorated dining scene on North Broadway in Lakeview, a stretch that has been ruled by fast-casual spots and bars in recent years.
"Every neighborhood has its moment," said Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine co-founder Greg O'Neill, who's opening a neighborhood bistro with partner Ken Miller adjacent to the existing retail store. "There was a time when everything seemed to be opening in Andersonville, and everything seemed to be opening in Lincoln Square … I think this just feels, in many ways, like Lakeview East's moment." Here's a look at what's due to debut in the coming months.
Revolución Mexican Steakhouse
3443 N. Broadway
Antonio Estrada, the owner of Lakeview standbys El Mariachi and Tutto Fresco, must have a thing for Broadway; he's opening his third concept—this one a Mexican steakhouse—on the same street. The three-level space will include an outdoor patio, full bar and private party area, and the meat-focused menu (New York strip, rib eye, skirt steak, carnitas) promises new spins on Mexican classics.
3351 N. Broadway
Gourmet cupcake and pastry shop Phoebe's Cupcakes is moving half a block north to another storefront on Broadway and expanding to include breakfast, lunch and dinner under the new name Phoebe's Bakery. Expect coffee and espresso drinks, breakfast panini and pastries in the morning, and soups as well as seven grilled cheese sandwiches and a make-your-own option for lunch and dinner. Cupcakes will remain the signature dessert, but we hear the cinnamon rolls are giving them a run for their money. Construction on the new bakery is complete and will open pending approvals from the city.
ETA: Any day now
3155 N. Broadway
This brewpub will feature a rotating selection of beers brewed in-house and a seasonally driven menu of shared plates to pair with them (not the other way around). The brewing process will be front and center; beer will be poured straight from stainless-steel serving tanks behind the bar and the brewhouse will be adjacent to the dining room.
2947 N. Broadway
An evolution of Pastoral's retail shops, Bar Pastoral will feature "a little bit of this, a little bit of that," according to co-owner Greg O'Neill: hot and cold plates, cheese and charcuterie, craft beers on tap, specialty cocktails and wines cherry-picked from the store's three locations and online stock. Expect table service in the evenings and weekends and counter service on weekdays until late afternoon.
Bow Truss Coffee Roasters
2934 N. Broadway
Named for the building's arched bow truss ceilings, this latest venture by Phillip Tadros (Dollop, Kickstand Espresso Bar) will be half cozy neighborhood coffee shop and half roasting house, with a focus on educating customers about each coffee and where it comes from.
ETA: June 24, to coincide with the Chicago Pride Parade
2875 N. Broadway
Senza's philosophy is "surprisingly gluten-free," and executive chef Noah Sandoval says that pretty much sums it up; while the menu will be 100 percent gluten-free, if customers can't tell, all the better. It'll have a coffeehouse-like atmosphere during the day, with grab-and-go breakfast and lunch options such as bagel sandwiches and sides of mac 'n' cheese and chips. In the evening, the menu shifts to composed dishes: Think duck egg ravioli and grilled Caesar salad with a big gluten-free crouton. There won't be a sit-down bar, but cocktails, wine and gluten-free beer will be served.
ETA: Third week of July
>>What about Chuy?
"Top Chef: Texas" contestant and former Chilam Balam chef Chuy Valencia told us in April he was hoping to open a new cafeteria-inspired restaurant on Broadway. He's since opened up his search for a space, but, he said, "I still dig Lakeview the most."