2015 is going to be a big year in the restaurant world, and every opening on this list is a second (or third, or fourth) restaurant or bar from a well-established Chicago chef, bartender or restaurateur. From a new brewpub from the DryHop team to a new restaurant from the Alinea crew, these are our early predictions for the best openings of 2015.
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2015 restaurant and bar openings
Corridor Brewery & Provisions
The DryHop Brewers team is opening a second brewpub, Corridor, on Southport (3446 N Southport) in summer 2015. Expect sandwiches and flatbreads, with Belgian-inspired beer.
Shin Thompson (Kabocha, Bonsoiree) will be opening a ramen bar in Wicker Park (1571 N Milwaukee Ave) early next year. The menu includes four types of ramen, gyoza and Japanese beers.
L2O closed to reconcept as Intro, a restaurant with rotating chefs, who will each offer their own concept. First up: C.J. Jacobson, an L.A. chef best known for several seasons on Top Chef. The ticketed restaurant is slated to open in February.
Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas will be opening a new spot in 2015 in the old iNG space. The permit lists the name as "Roister Restaurant," and it will be much more casual than their other concepts, with an a la carte menu.