Wednesday, February 27, 2008

New to the scene . . .

BULL-eh-Dia's Tapas Bar (3651 N. Southport Ave., 773-404-2855) is opening soon in the old Neybours space in Lakeview. Before it was Neybours, it was Otro Mas, another Latin-focused restaurant that lasted for a few years in an area known for its sports-bar scene. Hopefully, executive chef/owner Antonio Rodriguez will have better luck with his pared-down portions of Mexican and Latin dishes. Developing . . .

Chocolate Grape (2113 W. Division St., 773-772-3990), a chocolate and wine lounge, now plans to open the first week of April.

Claiming to be 100 percent organic, Drew's Eatery (2207 W. Montrose Ave.) will serve hot dogs, ice cream and soups. It debuts March 14.

Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524), chef Jose Garces' mod-Mediterranean spot in the all-new Blackstone Hotel, finally gets an opening date: March 8.

And look for MORE Cupcakes (One E. Delaware Pl., 312-951-0001) to open in the Gold Coast in April.

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