Celebrated chef Graham Elliot Bowles is working overtime to open his eponymous "bistronomic" eatery by May 13. The former executive chef for Avenues (108 E. Superior St., 312-573-6754) is redefining fine dining with this River North spot offering hip music (including music performed and recorded by Bowles himself), dynamic gastronomy, and a lively and relaxed atmosphere. graham elliot: 217 W. Huron St., 312-624-9975.
Mixteco, boasting Mexican cuisine with a French twist, plans a May opening when it opens next door to Natalino's (1523 W. Chicago Ave., 312-997-3700) in West Town.
Starfruit (1745 W. Division St., 773-328-2900) is the latest to jump on the froyo bandwagon when it opens in the East Village on April 15. They're the country’s first frozen kefir boutique, with goodies like smoothies, frozen treats and parfaits.
Look for yet another steakhouse to open in River North this spring. AJA (22 W Erie St.) aims to be a high-end steakhouse with a full sushi menu.
And coming this summer is Draft Tavern and Urban Grille (2843 N. Halsted St., 773-549-3500) in Lakeview. Brian Galati, formerly of Old Town’s Suite Lounge, teams up with Mark Kwiatkowski from Bottle Bar (950 W. Wolfram St., 773-665-5660) for this project.