It's been an abysmal week for Chicago's dining scene, with Gov. J.B. Pritzker announcing yesterday that due to the city's rising number of COVID-19 cases, restaurants and bars must cease indoor service on Friday, October 30. It's even more reason to shout about the good news, even if it's few and far between these days. Here's something to look forward to: Come spring, Parson's Chicken & Fish is opening a new location at 2109 W Chicago Avenue in West Town.
A spokesperson for Land and Sea Dept., the hospitality group that owns Parson's, confirmed that renovations to the new space are underway but that the restaurant cannot yet share an exact opening date. They're targeting April 2021 for outdoor service, according to Block Club Chicago.
The new location is situated a block west of the Mariano's in West Town and takes over the address that was once occupied by The Rookery, a New American spot that specialized in breakfast, brunch and burgers. The Rookery closed in September 2019, citing "a shrinking neighborhood market lost to competition from other 'hotter' areas, the relentlessly increasing cost of doing business ... and the constant need for being entertained by the 'new' in a city that seems to open bars/restaurants on a daily basis."
Parson's boasts locations in Logan Square, Lincoln Park and Nashville, the latter of which is temporarily closed. Though it hasn't been confirmed, Chicagoans can expect the same menu they know and love at the new West Town outpost: hot chicken sandwiches, ham-stuffed hush puppies, beer-battered shrimp and Negroni slushies aplenty. Stay tuned for more details regarding Parson's newest location, set to open in Chicago this spring.
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