By Phil Vettel | Chicago Tribune
Summer is a couple of weeks away, though you would be forgiven for assuming it’s already here, given the warmth of late May. Either way, it’s time once again for my annual Summer Eating List.
Inspired by those reading assignments teachers hand out at the end of the school year, my Summer Eating List focuses on the newly opened, about-to-open and eventually opening restaurants that will vie for your attention and dining dollars in the coming months.
Cafe Bonhomme and Beatnik on the River. After buying Pearl Brasserie (it closed May 4), Daniel Alonso of Bonhomme Hospitality promised a quick turnaround for the space, and he’s about to deliver. Cafe Bonhomme is the Old World-style cafe focused on breakfast, lunch and happy hour; Beatnik on the River, a copy of the original Beatnik in West Town, is the all-outdoor space (equipped with retractable awning) that will serve lunch and brunch. Cafe Bonhomme opens first; Beatnik follows a week later. Opening mid-June. 180 N. Wacker Drive.
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