It was an exceptionally busy year for Logan Square’s dining scene with spots like Giant, Chiya Chai, Hopewell, and Surf opening their doors in 2016, so it’s no surprise that we’re going out with a bang. Check out these newly opened or soon-to-come spots joining the neighborhood.
Jimmy Beans Coffee (2553 W. Fullerton Ave.)
If Logan Square can appreciate anything, it’s a good cup of coffee. Throwing his beans into the pot with everyone else is Jim Petrozzini, who opened Jimmy Beans Coffee in late October. Petrozzini began roasting beans as a way to improve his own coffee experience but what began as a hobby eventually turned into a full time gig. As noted by DNAinfo, Jimmy Beans roasts locally sourced beans on site, which are used in the coffee house as well as sold by the pound. Petrozzini’s shop carries Baker Miller pastries and also moonlights as an art space for local artists, with plans to use the second floor for art exhibits, music shows, and other events.
The Native (2417 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
While Bonny’s and its late night shenanigans will always have a special place in our hearts, The Native is a much welcomed addition to the Logan Square bar scene. As reported by Eater, first time bar owners Jared and Carly Savvochi opened their doors late November. Reminiscent of a 1970s dive, The Native is a laid back, no frills spot with ten beers on draft, select house cocktails, and free popcorn (they even have an array of popcorn seasonings!) – just note that it is cash only. Patrons can also amuse themselves with the shuffle bowling game at the rear of the bar and, when summer returns, enjoy the back patio.
Park & Field (3509 W. Fullerton Ave.)
As touted on its website, Logan Square’s shiny new sports club is about the “old-school gymnasium aesthetic, new-school cuisine and cocktails.” Brought to you by Dave Nalezney (of NAHA, Jean-Georges, and Gibson’s), Kitty Izzo, and Dan Nalezney (of Duffy’s and Standard), this team aims to elevate the sports bar experience by focusing on more refined menus (think short rib pot pie, mushroom lasagnette, small batch brews, and creative cocktails) and a turn-of-the-century vintage feel. Other highlights include a 6,000 square foot patio featuring fire pits and bocce ball (sign up for their league on the website!). Park & Field’s Facebook page hints at a mid-December soft opening but keep checking for updates.
La Plaza 24 Cafe (2867 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Keep an eye out for a new family-owned Bolivian cafe and boutique opening in Avondale, just north of Diversey on Milwaukee. According to DNAinfo, owner Paulo Espinoza and his mother, Claribel, will feature coffee and traditional pastries such as salteñas, a baked Bolivian empanada. The boutique side of the shop will showcase gifts like hand-poured candles and Bolivian chocolates. The Humboldt Park-based family, which includes brothers Favio and Leandro, have not set an opening date but check out their Facebook page for updates.
Quiote (2456 N. California Ave.)
Logan Square’s collection of Mexican spots is expanding with the arrival of Quiote. Inhabiting the former Letizia’s Fiore space, the restaurant will feature a similar make up: restaurant upstairs, bar downstairs. Named for the flowering stalk of an agave, Quiote’s underground bar will center largely around mezcal. According to their website, the upstairs will house a cafe during the day, serving coffee and Mexican pastries, before transforming into a taqueria and full service restaurant for midday and evening diners. No opening date has been announced but check their Facebook page and website for updates.