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Fall 2012 restaurant preview

Fried chicken and Asian are set to dominate.
Photograph: Martha Williams Cheese and charcuterie at Bar Pastoral

Bar Pastoral 2945 N Broadway
From the owners of the cheese/charcuterie retailer comes this 40-seat neighborhood bistro. Opens Oct

Baume & Brix 351 W Hubbard St
Thomas Elliott Bowman (former chef of iNG) and Ben Roche (former pastry chef of Moto) collaborate on this menu, which features fluke crudo with green papaya and milk-braised veal cheeks. Opens early Sept

Carriage House 1700 W Division St
The South Carolina low country is the inspiration behind Mark Steuer’s follow-up to the Bedford, where the chef is delving into the cuisine of the South with dishes like braised pig’s feet with collard greens. Opens mid-Sept

Embeya 564 W Randolph St
Laurent Gras protégé Thai Dang is in the kitchen of this modern Asian restaurant. 312-612-5640, Opens early Sept

Found 1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston
Amy Morton, daughter of famed restaurateur Arnie Morton, nabbed former C-House chef Nicole Pederson for this mission-driven spot, which will hire entry-level positions from marginal populations. Opens Oct

La Sirena Clandestina 954 W Fulton Mkt
This 42-seat restaurant is John Manion’s most personal project yet, featuring flavors from his Brazilian childhood, such as moqueca (fish stew). Opens early Sept

Lao 18 18 W Hubbard St
Tony Hu (Lao Sze Chuan, Lao Hunan) ventures out of Chinatown to open what will be his eighth restaurant, a pan-Chinese spot. Opens Nov

Leghorn Location TBD
With their Champagne bar, RM, finally open, Jared Van Camp and crew have turned their attention to this downscale, socially conscious fried-chicken sandwich shack. Opens late fall

Marigold 5413 N Clark St
After six years in Uptown, this modern Indian restaurant is re-opening in Andersonville. Opens Oct

OON 802 W Randolph St
Former Saigon Sisters chef Matt Eversman strikes out on his own with a contemporary American spot with Southeast Asian influences (e.g., hoison-glazed game hen). Opens mid-Sept

Sumi Robata Bar 702 N Wells St
Chef Gene Kato (Japonais) is behind this Japanese grill, which has a tiny Japanese-style cocktail bar (Charcoal Bar) in the basement.  Opens mid-Sept

Ward Eight 629 W Howard St, Evanston
In Fine Spirits alums Anne Carlson and Cody Modeer are opening this neighborhood cocktail bar on the Evanston side of Howard Street. 773-369-4911, Opens late Sept

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