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Next’s Door Arrives; J.P. Graziano to Open Street Cafe

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• We’re getting awfully close to Nick Kokonas’s predicted “April first-ish” opening date for Next, and while nothing is official, at least now the anticipated Grant Achatz project has a front door. While the entire restaurant won’t be completely redecorated after each cuisine change, it looks like the front door will. It’s classy Paris 1906 signage makes sense, but what will Bangkok 2060 look like? [Gachatz/Twitter]

• The classic West Loop Italian importer, J.P. Graziano, just started selling sandwiches a few years ago, but they are already expanding the dining options and are even introducing a sidewalk cafe. Look out for different weekly antipasti and salad specials to start soon. [J.P. Graziano Grocery Company/Facebook]

• David Stearns is set to open a “low-key bar and restaurant” called Bar Bar Black Sheep in Wicker Park. Hoping to open in mid-April, the menu is trying to avoid the usual greasy bar food with “healthful” soups, salads, and sandwiches. [Chicago Mag]

Bar Bar Black Sheep, 1415 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Tolotzin Mexican Restaurant quietly opened last week in Uptown. It is currently BYOB, and according to some friends of the Uptown Update, “the food was spectacular.” [Uptown Update]

Tolotzin Mexican Restaurant, 4431 N. Broadway

Next’s Door Arrives; J.P. Graziano to Open Street Cafe