Thursday, January 10, 2013

Is Sodikoff Restaurant Group's New Deli Going Into The Just-Shuttered Steve's Deli Space?!

Photo: Steve's Deli

Steve's Deli has an outgoing message on its answering machine that it would only be closed the weeks of Christmas and New Year's. It still hasn't opened and direct calls to the owner have resulted in disconnected numbers (I've been told by an Ultimate Insider that he moved back to his permanent home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where the original Steve's Deli is located.).

In related news, Sodikoff Restaurant Group (Au Cheval, Bavette's, Gilt Bar, Maude's Liquor Bar) is working on opening Dillman's, a Jewish deli in River North.

According to this recent story in Time Out Chicago, Sodikoff is looking at a March opening, however, the company wouldn't disclose the address. The timing of the Steve's Deli closing is just too coincidental!

Time Out says Dillman's will be a 120-seater and will offer a "Lower East Side, old-world-mafia feel," with wood panels, floor tiles and a long bar with a diner-style kitchen. The concept will totally fit into that space.

I reached out to Sodikoff prez Brendan Sodikoff for confirmation, but it looks like he's still keeping a lid on details until further notice.

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